The Plaid Place
As with all our kilts, this garment is Made in Scotland by our own trained kilt makers. They are fully canvas lined with 3 buckles to ensure an excellent fit. Our kilts, properly kept and treated, will last you a lifetime.
The kilt is machine stitched and hand finished from 8 yards of worsted wool, available in our full range of tartans from Lochcarron of Scotland, Marton Mills, Strathmore Woollens and House of Edgar.
|We can make an 8-yard kilt to most waist and seat sizes, although for gentlemen with larger seat sizes we usually recommend a 9-yard kilt (idea for seat sizes 46"-52") or a 10-yard kilt (ideal for seat sizes 52"+).
This item is made to order in our own tailoring workshop in Glasgow, with a standard delivery time of 4 to 6 weeks.
As each of the mills has supplied their own images, or they have been taken from fabric samples, please note that the setts are not to scale when comparing tartans of different mills. Also, as screen resolutions vary, colours may differ slightly from those seen here. If unsure, we’d encourage you to purchase a swatch of the fabric before buying.
Don't worry if these seems daunting, it's not as hard as it might sound! We have many years experience making kilts for people of all sizes, and will check with you if anything seems unusual.
Pleating at the back can either be 'to the sett' meaning it continues the pattern of the tartan, while 'to the strip' means each pleat carries a uniform stripe from the tartan (see picture comparison above). You have the option to choose which colour stripe you'd like carried over in this option (imput which colour from your chosen tartan you'd like in the text box).
If you have any queries regarding the measurement process, the pleating options, or would like some additional information before placing your order please contact us.
Each mill uses different methods, looms and finishes on their cloth.
In general, heavyweight is perhaps the best material for making kilts, it looks and feels great, while also being fairly crease resistant (when the kilt is treated and kept properly anyway). However, it’s not always best for warm climates, and sometimes folk prefer a lighter option, so mediumweight is a great alternative. Lightweight would be recommended especially for very warm climates.
Strathmore (W60) and House of Edgar (Mediumweight and Old and Rare - but not their Nevis, Hebredian or Emblem ranges) have a traditional selvedge made on a shuttle loom, which means the bottom of the cloth (and so the kilt) is exactly the same thickness as the rest of the cloth. These traditional edges are only available in the mediumweight cloths.
Marton Mills and Lochcarron use a tuck-in selvedge, where the end threads are ‘tucked’ back into the weave. This means the bottom half-inch of the cloth (and the kilt) can be a little thicker than the rest (not too much though, and not enough to distort the shape of the pleating at the back). It also means the tucked threads can poke up out of the cloth.
Don’t worry if this doesn’t mean anything to you! Both are of kilting quality and produce a kilt that will last you a lifetime. The difference is subtle and can be apparent on close inspection, but not so much from a distance.
We got one for my partner for his 40th birthday and he adores it. The fabric is high quality, the weight is good and it fits perfectly thanks to the measurement guidelines. I highly recommend ordering tartans through the Plaid Place. They were so supportive through the whole process.