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    Deep pleats

    I am making a weathered MacKenzie kilt and the sett is 12Ē so to pleat to the sett they will be 6Ē deep which Iíve never done before, it seems like a lot. I calculated about 17 pleats and Iíd still end up with almost 6 yards in the back, donít know what sort of swing youíd get with pleats like that. I could pleat to the white stripes which would make the pleats only 3Ē deep which is more manageable and Iíve done that before. Any advice on how to approach this would be greatly appreciated.

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    Picture didnít show in first post, here it is

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    I am sure Barb T or another experienced maker will here shortly.
    Usually a 8 yard traditional will have about a yard of fabric dedicated to each apron, over and under. That leaves 6 for the rear pleats. So your total rear fabric sounds ok.
    Are you pleating to the stripe (red/white/alternating), a general block of color, or are you attempting to replicate the pattern?

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    have you tried to pleat it to the sett?
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    I note your screen name as a re-enactor. If you're doing a period before 1830, my understanding from others on this forum is that most kilts were box-pleated then, something that uses a lot less fabric, normally pleated to the stripe.
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    If you are referring to me then I am not the op, just a commenter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnittedReenactor View Post
    If you are referring to me then I am not the op, just a commenter.
    Sorry - I need to pay closer attention.
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    BertMcG:

    Some years ago, I had a Smith tartan kilt pleated to the red stripe. It's a large sett, and I ended up with 18-19 pleats that are as deep as you'd described. I love the kilt, but it's heavy. It doesn't swing quite as well as other kilts I have with shallower pleats, but it's not bad.

    Curious to see what the kiltmakers will have to say on the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnittedReenactor View Post
    Usually a 8 yard traditional will have about a yard of fabric dedicated to each apron, over and under. That leaves 6 for the rear pleats. So your total rear fabric sounds ok.
    I have done a couple with 6 yards in the pleats but they had close to 30 pleats so much more shallow, but this would be pleated to the sett so only 17 wide and deep pleats, I donít know if that would have the same swing as more and shallower pleats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunMaxwell View Post
    BertMcG:

    Some years ago, I had a Smith tartan kilt pleated to the red stripe. It's a large sett, and I ended up with 18-19 pleats that are as deep as you'd described. I love the kilt, but it's heavy. It doesn't swing quite as well as other kilts I have with shallower pleats, but it's not bad.

    Curious to see what the kiltmakers will have to say on the subject.

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    Yes very similar size sett, thatís what I suspected about the swing. Nice looking kilt by the way. I have a Smith kilt as well but opted to pleat to the blue stripe, as I recall I donít think I had enough fabric to do otherwise.

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