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    New kilt in an older style

    I received a package on the 15th. This has been in the works since the early days of the pandemic. Isaac H Walters has been an absolute dream to work with. From a mistake in the weave to getting that fixed to being just crazy enough to understand my vision and enable it to come to reality. All I can say Isaac is thank you for everything. This outfit was inspired by the Highlanders of Scotland by Kenneth MacLeay specifically from Hugh Graham. I am absolutely over the moon about this.

    it is as close as I could come to an original outfit from the era, from the jacket and waistcoat dating to 1894, the sporran from 1911, the Gairloch pattern hose dating from 1847 to the modern reproduction 5 yard box pleated kilt and plaid in Graham of Mentieth tartan in WoB colours with a herringbone selvedge. Again I am very happy with the results.










    Showing the difference in the shades


    The inspiration from Hugh Graham in The Highlanders of Scotland by Kenneth MacLeay
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    Very nice Glen!
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    well, that comes from poor judgement."
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    Beautiful pieces. You wear them well!

    Cheers,

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    Stunning. Absolutely gorgeous.

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    That type of plaid should make a comeback in place of fly plaids.
    “Never wear anything that panics the cat.”- P.J. O’Rourke
    “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes (kilt) with intelligence, put them (it) on with care, and then forgotten all about them (it).” Paraphrased from Hardy Amies
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    I am no authority on historical kilt attire other than what I see in pictures and in museums.

    I note in your outfit Glen, the plaid crossing your chest has no folds in it, unlike the pictures shown that you also posted. Now, I know that is a detail that has no real significance, other than presumably in those far off times the plaids were larger/thinner/thicker and had to be folded with folds/creases in to fit around the chest sensibly. Could my assumptions be right?
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    " Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the adherence of idle minds and minor tyrants". Field Marshal Lord Slim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock Scot View Post
    I am no authority on historical kilt attire other than what I see in pictures and in museums.

    I note in your outfit Glen, the plaid crossing your chest has no folds in it, unlike the pictures shown that you also posted. Now, I know that is a detail that has no real significance, other than presumably in those far off times the plaids were larger/thinner/thicker and had to be folded with folds/creases in to fit around the chest sensibly. Could my assumptions be right?
    I think I just folded it neater than in the painting. This was folded several times to achieve the effect here. I was worried it was too long when I first unpacked it as it is 3.5 yards long and about 29 inches wide, what you are seeing is a quarter of the width.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McMurdo View Post
    I think I just folded it neater than in the painting. This was folded several times to achieve the effect here. I was worried it was too long when I first unpacked it as it is 3.5 yards long and about 29 inches wide, what you are seeing is a quarter of the width.
    Ah yes, that makes sense. Thank you Glen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock Scot View Post
    Ah yes, that makes sense. Thank you Glen.
    This is my first and probably only plaid. I had a thought after I answered that it might be the same thinking that goes into matching all colours that North Americans typically do. I was far too careful folding and will have to embrace the Highland way a bit more next time.

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    My long plaids are made from 4 yards of fabric and one of them had the folds sewn in so as to make pockets - I used to walk in the parades at Sidmouth and once lost my purse - luckily not the van keys as I put them on the lanyard with my watch but it could have been a problem, so I created a zipped and a snap closing pocket.

    It is still possible to wrap the plaid around once below the waist and once up and over the head for those times when a storm is raging and its a long walk back to the van.

    Anne the Pleater
    I presume to dictate to no man what he shall eat or drink or wherewithal he shall be clothed."
    -- The Hon. Stuart Ruaidri Erskine, The Kilt & How to Wear It, 1901.

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