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    New wool kilt

    Hi everyone! I just got a new 8 yard wool kilt and I have this white string that holds the pleats down. Do I take it off or keep it on?

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    Those are basting stitches. Cut them out of the pleats carefully.

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    Those are used to align the pleats for pressing with an iron during the final stages of construction, and they keep the pleats tidy during shipping. But they are meant to be removed by the buyer before wearing. I wish that all kiltmakers would put a card in the package to explain this. Seeing people wearing their kilts with those stitches in place is embarrassing, and surely uncomfortable for the wearer. They can actually damage the fabric if you try to wear the kilt and move around with them in place.
    Last edited by Tobus; 23rd November 18 at 04:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobus View Post
    Those are basting stitches. Cut them out of the pleats carefully.

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    Those are used to align the pleats for pressing with an iron during the final stages of construction, and they keep the pleats tidy during shipping. But they are meant to be removed by the buyer before wearing. I wish that all kiltmakers would put a card in the package to explain this. Seeing people wearing their kilts with those stitches in place is embarrassing, and surely uncomfortable for the wearer. They can actually damage the fabric if you try to wear the kilt and move around with them in place.
    Thanks so much! I did try it on for a few minutes but didnít try to sit in it. I will make sure to remove those stitches! Thanks so much for those tips! Hope you had a happy thanksgiving!

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    Take them out - lest you wind up looking like this gent at a highland games.
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    Thatís hilarious!!!

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    And remember, the pleats are worn at the back.

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    Which has always baffled me....methinks a flat backside would be easier to sit upon and a pleated front side would be more decorative. And no worry about wrinkling pleats when seated....
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    I second you Padre.
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