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    How many yards for a belted plaid

    I've searched the archives to find the correct
    length for a belted plaid, and all I have found
    is between 4 and 6 yards. I'd like to know
    how to decide where in this range is the proper
    size.

    It seems that a mere 4 yards is enough length
    to pleat for all but the largest waistlines. I'm
    therefore wondering if the choice of length
    is determined by factors like height or arm
    span, or shoulder width, which may make a
    difference in the fit of the upper portion of the
    plaid.

    Maybe height is a factor in having a blanket
    long enough to sleep under (or in) when it
    is not being worn.

    Can anyone say with any authority how
    to tell what length is correct?
    Last edited by Robinhood; 25th September 06 at 09:29 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Robin,

    Try Matt Newsom's website on the Other Kilt Styles page as well as read his article (linked from the above page) on the History of the Great Kilt.

    Might be some answers there for you.

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    4 yards should be suitable for just about anybody, I'd say 5 yards max. The pleats are a lot less "perfect" in a belted plaid. Just fold and belt. As such, the pleat size, pleat spacing, what's showing on the pleat, etc just doesn't matter so much.

    I've belted on three yards even, and it felt sufficient. I'd say 3-5, matter of preference.

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    More material can give you more options when deciding what to do with the material above the belt. 4 yards is enough, but I find I can do a lot more with the top of my 6 yd. kilt than a friend with a 4 yd.
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    Mine is 4 1/2 yd and that is a lot of pleats. Remember though this is 4 1/2 of double width material.

    Adam
    "Down among the dancing quanta, everything exists at once." - Warren Zevon

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    here is one of mine, alittle over 4 yards double width.

    Clan Lamont!

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    I'm 5'11
    48"chest and 41"waist
    4.5-5 yards is plenty
    I'm an 18th century guy born into the 20th century and have been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

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    great pics david!

    you could buy some CHEAP fabric and try it on...

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    David,

    A picture is worth... What type of shoes are you wearing? They look like 18th century straight last shoes.

    Thanks
    Kevin

    Quote Originally Posted by David White
    here is one of mine, alittle over 4 yards double width.

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    My belted plaids are 5 yards, and I am around 6'1", and rather large in the middle... with practice, you get a feel for your pleating.
    Although I am considering getting a plaide in 6 yards, just to make some deeper pleats, but the fivers get pretty full as they are. 4.5 yards = historically accurate from what I have read. Anything from 4-6 yards should be fine for just about anyone... more than that seems like it would be difficult (I have a 'beag in 6 yards, and it pleats out nicely, but I would not go longer). For most body types, the 4.5 yards should be more than adequate. It's easy to not realize how much cloth you are actually dealing with when you think in terms of "only" 4.5 yards or whatever... just messes with the visualization.

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