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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveB View Post

    Comfort and real easy to put on and go.
    Every time I see this picture I think how magnificent it is. I'm assuming that's the Isle of Skye tartan? And did you simply buy a length of tartan from somewhere to achieve this?

    Would anyone mind posting some measurements of length and width for the material they are using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamieKerr View Post
    Every time I see this picture I think how magnificent it is. I'm assuming that's the Isle of Skye tartan? And did you simply buy a length of tartan from somewhere to achieve this?

    Would anyone mind posting some measurements of length and width for the material they are using?
    I believe that it's the Albannach tartan from USA Kilts.

    My BP is about 54 inches wide, by 5 yards of Celtic Croft's homespun fabric. It's not quite wide enough to make a hood from the fabric in back (I'm just under 6 feet height), but otherwise works fairly well.
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    Jamie,

    I am afraid I am unable to oblige with a photo. Some nine years ago, I acquired a 'Great Kilt' ............. but wore it only once, and that was at home in front of a full-length mirror. When I saw what an utter idiot I looked whilst wearing it, I vowed never again to wrap myself in it.

    Instead, I cut the fabric in half, and had a wearable kilt (No.25 in The Kollection) made up from one piece:

    http://www.kiltedhamish.net/gallery/...g2_itemId=1077

    The other half was used for my one and only attempt at making a kilt myself, which was a total disaster and was subsequently discarded.

    I am not into ren faires or re-enactment groups in any way, shape or form and so, in reality, a 'Great Kilt' has no place in my own life. Others, you certainly included, can look absolutely fine in this style but, as I see it, this is a prime example of the kilt being a costume rather than a practical garment.

    Definitely not for me - sorry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamish View Post

    Instead, I cut the fabric in half, and had a wearable kilt garment.
    I did the same thing as Ham -- with the same tartan, as it happens -- after fighting with far too many yards of cloth, so heavy and bulky that it was more of a nuisance than an adornment. One thing I found particularly annoying was the way the weight of the part attached to my shoulder dragged my shirt down my back, pulling it quite out of shape if unbuttoned or strangling me if buttoned up.

    Here I am wearing it to attack a haggis:
     (the pic has not appeared; it can be seen on Facebook : <http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30066940&id=1148417040>

    Later, I too had half the cloth made into a tailored kilt, while the rest I have sometimes worn draped round my shoulders to look as if I were wearing a great kilt; this to show off when MC-ing a ceilidh. The cloak part is then discarded as the evening warms up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinGrenoble View Post
    [I]I did the same thing as Ham -- with the same tartan, as it happens -- after fighting with far too many yards of cloth, ... Later, I too had half the cloth made into a tailored kilt,
    Martin, it sounds as though you and Hamish had too much fabric. 4 or 5 double-width yards is about average. If you were trying to work with 7 or 8 yards, then I'm not surprised if it was unwieldy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluter View Post
    Martin, it sounds as though you and Hamish had too much fabric. 4 or 5 double-width yards is about average. If you were trying to work with 7 or 8 yards, then I'm not surprised if it was unwieldy.
    My first attempt was using almost 7 1/2 yards of material and I felt like I was "drowning in tartan"

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    It's interesting to note that in the early decades of the tailored "little kilt" it was considered a working garment. It was indeed "fatigue" dress in the highland regiments. The belted plaid was the more formal, "dressier" item of highland garb.
    Now it's been largely relegated to costume status, though it certainly can still work quite well for formal occasions, as Mr. Killman's photo shows. I believe Matt Newsome also has some pics showing the belted plaid looking great in a "modern" context....
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluter View Post
    Martin, it sounds as though you and Hamish had too much fabric. 4 or 5 double-width yards is about average. If you were trying to work with 7 or 8 yards, then I'm not surprised if it was unwieldy.
    Mine was 6 yards, double-width, 13oz. However, it was not the weight or bulk that worried me but the overall appearance. At the time of ordering, I thought I would be the absolute bee's knees when wearing it - unfortunately, in reality, I was not even close to the gnat's knees!

    No offence is intended but I am sorry I do not really think these look 'right' or are flattering to anyone (especially me) unless they are an extra in 'Brigadoon' or 'Braveheart', or are taking part in an historical pageant. Accessories such as modern haircuts, reading glasses and watches do nothing to improve matters either!

    Oooops! Now I probably have offended some of my good friends here!

    Take care,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamish View Post
    No offence is intended but I am sorry I do not really think these look 'right' or are flattering to anyone (especially me) unless they are an extra in 'Brigadoon' or 'Braveheart', or are taking part in an historical pageant. Accessories such as modern haircuts, reading glasses and watches do nothing to improve matters either!

    Oooops! Now I probably have offended some of my good friends here!

    Take care,
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    my thoughts exactly Hamish, I am glad you voiced them, or I might have been accused of being rude again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamish View Post
    At the time of ordering, I thought I would be the absolute bee's knees when wearing it - unfortunately, in reality, I was not even close to the gnat's knees!
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    Snap !

    We obviously thought -- and think -- along the same lines, Ham.

    Martin

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