How to get started
Greetings, friends I've not yet met!
Okay, I've looked at a dozen or so kilt sites, (in fact that's how I found this one), and the prices are nuts. I'm a boatbuilder by training, and that included sailmaking--that is to say I know my way around a sewing machine. Does anyone have patterns, fabrics, etc. to sell (cheap) or trade for a handmade kilt for themselves?? After all I'm 'spose to be frugal, roight? LOL
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Your first best purchase towards making a kilt yourself is this book:
One of the authors Barb T. is one of our honored members here on X Marks the Scot
Fraiser and Kirkbright often have deals on certain fabrics on their website and ebay sometimes has some good finds for tartan cloth
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Indulge yourself. Save your spare change, pick up cans along the side of the road, donate blood for money, set your plastic on fire, buy a kilt.
Owning and wearing a kilt will help you a lot in understanding kilts when you endeavor to make your own.
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I'll second Riverkilt... it was tough to pony up the money for a traditional 8 yd kilt, but it's going to outlast me, so in the end I look at it as a thrifty purchase. It makes sense that it would be a great thing to have on hand when it's time to make your own and you will want more kilts so you'll have plenty of reason to try your hand. Boy do I envy those with the skills to do it!!
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from Texas! Good luck 'getting started.'
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31st May 09, 05:33 AM
Hello and a warm Celtic from Boston, Massachusetts.
Also check out the D.I.Y. Forum on this board. There is a sticky for the X-Kilt, with directions put together by a member of this forum, Alan H. This is a nice machine sewable kilt. Barb T's book is the bible of kiltmaking and reviewing. You should be able to put together a kilt rather easily with sail making skills on a sewing machine. It is a lot less material than putting together a mainsail for a reproduction schooner. Having grown up in rural New England, I am quite familiar with the farm equipment part as well.
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