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 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'?!


  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

  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.

  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!

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


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