3568 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, Oregon   USA
We encourage you to read through the following information before ordering your kilt. Once you have read through this information, please click on "Casual Kilts" or "Full Regulation Kilts" at the bottom of this page to explore the options we offer for ordering your kilt. We want you to be confident in ordering your kilt from Scottish Country Shop and 100% satisfied with your purchase.
At the Scottish Country Shop we offer traditional tartan kilts handcrafted in Scotland by our team of experts. We do not offer "Sport" kilts, "Utility" kilts or other non-traditional kilts. We also extend our kilt customers a 10% discount on ALL your kilt accessories when you order your kilt from Scottish Country Shop. The discount applies for life - not just the day you get your kilt!
Traditionally, kilts are hand sewn using 8 yards of 100% worsted wool fabric, in either single or double width, depending how the material has been woven. More or less tartan can be used – 5 yards for a casual style kilt, and 9 or even 10 yards for a fuller figure! Machine stitched kilts now offer a similar appearance in the finished product at a more budget-conscious price. At the Scottish Country Shop we offer both methods, putting you in charge of your kilt!
Our 5 yard ‘Casual’ Kilt is designed for more casual wear, as the name suggests, and it is only machine stitched. As less material is used, it is impossible to guarantee the exact pleating at the back of the kilt. This is largely dependant on the size of the sett of the tartan and the size of the person intending to wear it. The pleats will tend to flare open slightly as they hang at the back of the kilt, because less fabric is used and there is not as much fabric weight to help hold the pleats.
Our 'Full Regulation' Kilt is generally made with a full 8 yards of fabric, ensuring a full sett repeat in the pleats and can be either fully hand stitched or machine stitched. As more fabric is used, there will be more pleats at the back of the kilt than with the casual kilt and more fabric weight helps to keep the pleats hanging nice and straight. As the wearer moves about the kilt will 'swing' back and forth, creating a more formal look to the kilt.
Most kilts are pleated to sett, where a full sett of the tartan is folded into each pleat, resulting in the tartan pattern looking the same at the back, as it does at the front.
Pleating to the stripe (or line) is more commonly seen in the military and bagpipe bands. In this case, a vertical stripe (usually the most prominent) is chosen to run down the center of each pleat, effectively ‘hiding’ the other colors behind the pleats. This will result in a kilt which will look very different between the front and the back.
Our Full Regulation kilts can be pleated to the sett or the stripe, as the customer prefers. Most Casual kilts can be pleated to the sett or stripe, but some tartans will not allow pleating to the stripe in the 5 yard Casual kilt.
The number and depth of the pleats, is largely determined by both the size of the sett and the measurements of the person who will be wearing it. Generally speaking, the bigger the sett, the deeper the pleats. Tartans with a smaller sett will have narrower pleats. In addition, someone with a 40” hip for example, will have more pleats than someone with a 46” hip using the same tartan.
Most wool tartans are woven with a selvedge – this creates a finished edge at the bottom of your kilt, rather than requiring a hem which would bulk the pleats at the back of the kilt.
All styles of kilt are made using 100% wool worsted material or a poly-viscose blend (if specified) in light weight (10-11 oz), medium weight (13-14 oz), or heavy weight (15-16 oz), and finished with a cotton canvas and lining, double fringe, and 3 leather strap and buckle fastenings. We recommend medium weight tartan for both casual and full regulation kilts, but we can supply kilts in any of the weights described above, as our customers may desire.
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