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    Quote Originally Posted by jthk View Post
    I've only recently been learning how to do this and found your explanation to be very helpful. I have one further question: do you press on both sides of the pleats?

    Thanks,
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    Yes, Jonathan one of the purposes of basting is to hold the pleat alignment as we move the kilt around as needed.

    We press the outside - let the fabric cool - then turn the kilt over and press the inside.
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    Kilt with basting stitch

    Note that some of the lines may look wavy - that's because the kilt is hanging on a hanger. When the pleats are laid flat, the stripes of the sett do indeed align properly.

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    If you look at it from below, you can see why I would like the pleats set properly.

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    Edit: yes, I see the pinching in the first two photos. I'll correct that before I take it in tomorrow.
    Last edited by imbrius; 21st May 19 at 03:31 PM. Reason: Added note about fabric pinching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imbrius View Post
    Note that some of the lines may look wavy - that's because the kilt is hanging on a hanger. When the pleats are laid flat, the stripes of the sett do indeed align properly.

    If you look at it from below, you can see why I would like the pleats set properly.

    Edit: yes, I see the pinching in the first two photos. I'll correct that before I take it in tomorrow.
    Hey now, good luck! Good on you for basting your own pleats. I've done it all of twice and need more practice.

    Guluck!

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    You did such a nice job I think you should press it yourself if you have the means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cms1528 View Post
    You did such a nice job I think you should press it yourself if you have the means.
    Well thanks but I really don't. I should. I have only a very small hot sole non-steam iron. (It's my wife's from her university days. It has a water tank that's only good for spraying out the front unheated.) And I'd have to press it where I basted: on a small, glass-top coffee table, which is really not a good thing to be pressing on.

    I pick it up from the cleaners tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cms1528 View Post
    You did such a nice job I think you should press it yourself if you have the means.
    Yeah, dude. Basting it is the "difficult" part of the job. Once you baste it, the pressing is -- as my teenagers say -- "dumb easy".

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    I have the kilt. It came back pressed very nicely, exactly the way I intended it. I have photos I will share later. I'm very glad I basted it myself, however, as the cleaner insisted that I did it wrong because the pleats were all different depths and that she would prefer to remove the stitching and do it herself. :P
    Clans: Armstrong and Guthrie on Father's side.
    Other heritage: Mostly German and some Polish on Mother's side.
    Kilts: One five-yard semi-traditional in Armstrong Ancient 13oz from Lochcarron

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    Quote Originally Posted by imbrius View Post
    I have the kilt. It came back pressed very nicely, exactly the way I intended it. I have photos I will share later. I'm very glad I basted it myself, however, as the cleaner insisted that I did it wrong because the pleats were all different depths and that she would prefer to remove the stitching and do it herself. :P
    Good Lord; you're dealing with an idiot!
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    I am glad you stood your ground on basting your own kilt. If the pleats are correct after the pressing, then job well done for your effort.

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    I keep thinking about this one in horror. Did this individual plan to disassemble the top of the kilt as well?

    In future, I wouldn't take a handkerchief to this cleaners, let alone return with my kilt.
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Retired Parish Priest & Elementary Headmaster, lover of God, people (most of them!) dogs, joy, humour & clarity. Legion Padre, theologian, teacher, philosopher, linguist, dreamer, traditionalist, bon-vivant, encourager of hearts & souls & a firm believer in dignity, decency, & duty. A proud Sinclair.

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