Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Have You Ever Made a Kilt?

No, me neither.  But long story short, I am going to be footling around with bagpipes in about 3 weeks along with a dozen or so colleagues, and I think that one should always dress for the occasion.  And that means a kilt.  I looked up the price of renting one (about $85) and here in Canada there is no way I would be able to get the Leslie Tartan (my mothers tartan) so I thought 'I could make one of those'.  After a quick search online and I found a set of instructions which look scarily straightforward, and Fabric.com was selling some plaid that they called a '100% wool gaberdine' and at only $1.95/m (I know, what a price, I had the last 10m) I am now good to go. 


I have no idea why the fabric was so cheap, it is a woven plaid and is as soft as butter - it is almost like flannel with browns, cream and pink.  I know that it is going to take a lot of time basting the pleats in place (43 of them across the back) but this is going to be such fun. 

So how about you - what have been your impulse 'sews'?!

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  1. Ooo. That looks like so much fun. Good luck with the pleating and thanks for the link to the instructions. I'll save them for a rainy day. /Annika

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  2. Whoa! I just made my first pleated skirt, and now you've got me thinking about a kilt for dear hubby. I can't wait to see more.

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  3. Lorraine, Years ago I made 20 kilts for my daughter's class for international day. They were fun and easy to make. Good luck!

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    1. Wow! 20 kilts - that must make you an expert! I know where to go if I get into trouble!

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