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    New from Old

    Last year I acquired this lovely c1925 kilt. The tartan was copied, c1925, for a specimen of an unnaned early 18th century pattern collected in the Western Isles during the 1860s by Alexander Carmichael.

    Unfortunately the kilt, made by Romanes & Paterson, Edinburgh, was way too long for me so I'm having it rebuilt to fit. The work is being done by Paul Henry and I'm looking forward to wearing later this year.

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    What are the purpose of the buttons on the waist band of the kilt. My first thought was for suspenders but I would have guessed buttons would be sewn inside the top hem.

    I hope the finished product is all you hope it will be.

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    Yes, the buttons are for braces (the clothes, not teeth variety). It was a common practiice in the 1800 and early 1900s to add these and yes, they were always on the outside.

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    Itís a neat piece with some interesting history to it.

    Do you know much about the history of the tartan besides being from the western isles?
    Descendant of the Gillises and MacDonalds of North Morar.

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    Thank you for the reply on the buttons. They look to be metal. I imagine they would have cold against the skin had they been sewn on the inside (assuming one's shirt rose above the hem).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I imagine they would have cold against the skin had they been sewn on the inside
    Only when you first put something on. Within minutes, the metal warms up to body temperature.
    Trying to look good on a budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Thank you for the reply on the buttons. They look to be metal. I imagine they would have cold against the skin had they been sewn on the inside (assuming one's shirt rose above the hem).
    They are metal but even had they been on the inside I can't see how they would end up against the skin, shirts were longer in those days.

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    The more I study the kilt photos, the more I'd like to have one just like it. The colors blend perfectly. Are you going to make any other changes besides length?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    The more I study the kilt photos, the more I'd like to have one just like it. The colors blend perfectly. Are you going to make any other changes besides length?
    The plan is essaentially to remake it in the original style. Apart from the length the only think I going to have done is reduce the amount of cloth. The original had 9 yards which is far too much for me, so 6-7 yards will do and hopefully there should be enough to make myself a waistcoat.

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    I too like the subtler colours and the way they seem to slowly change from one to another.
    Good luck with the rebuild, although you won't need any with Paul doing it.

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