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    A Couple of Oddball Questions About Materials

    Okay, here are a couple of oddball questions about materials.
    First, because I am unable to wear a kilt in the machine shop (health and safety reasons), is there anyone who produces tartan in a hard wearing canvas or denim? A 'carhartt' take on trews would be nice to wear daily in a kilt-unsafe environment.
    From the opposite direction, does anyone make camouflage fabric in wool? I am desiring a camo kilt, but want the benefits of wool over cotton.
    Cheers, my kilted compatriots!

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    Google "turnout kilt". They're made out of the material that firefighters wear when running into burning buildings. If your health & safety officer was a problem with that, give up on wearing a kilt to work.
    Last edited by Nyckname; 30th September 19 at 04:28 PM.

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    I possibly should have been more clear. I can not wear kilts, because it might catch in the machines and need to protect lower legs. So I want canvas tartan to make trews. I will not argue when I could be pulled into a fast spinning lathe.
    The second, seperate,, question is for outdoor wear of a kilt in a camouflage pattern. There is an old camper saying 'cotton kills', so I want wool camouflage fabric.

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    A couple of observations from someone who has made a lot of solid colored and camo kilts.

    Now understand please that I do not make kilts in what is commonly referred to as MUG'S. (Male Unbifercated Garments). Mine are kilts, just made from other than wool Tartans.


    Denim is an absolutely horrid fabric for kilts.
    The reason is the same that denim is so comfortable as jeans. Denim is Cotton and it continues to shrink throughout its life. It will mold itself to your body.

    But a kilt does not have legs that constantly pull the fabric so each pleat will get shorter and shorter until they poof out like a ballet tutu.

    The only way to lessen this is to pull and iron every sewn pleat edge after every washing. You cannot stop the shrinking entirely.

    Duck canvas like Carrhart is also cotton. It wrinkles just by looking at it and as cotton will not hold a crease you must edge stitch both the outer and inner pleats creases.


    I do not know of, or ever heard of, camo printed on wool.
    Steve Ashton
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    Swish + Swagger = Swoon.

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    You not have a wide choice of patterns and colours but there may be some cotton/canvas material that works for you - not sure if any of these would be heavy enough for what you have in mind:

    https://www.croftmill.co.uk/products...g-product.html

    https://www.amazon.com/Fabric-Clothi.../dp/B01MUNQY0T

    https://www.fabric.com/find?fabric-t...rchText=tartan

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    Steve and Nyck, I was not intending to use canvas for a kilt. I was wanting to have durable tartan fabric for Trousers.
    I work in a machine shop and can not wear ANY type of kilt or short pant. Because I can't wear kilts, I want tartan trousers.

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    Not sure if this is what you in mind.


    https://mnml.la/products/mnml-denim-...iABEgLMn_D_BwE

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    Many tartans actually make surprisingly good camouflage.
    " 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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    Here is an example of a tartan(Blair I think) shooting suit ----not a common sight------that is to my certain knowledge a very effective camouflage.

    WGN_2861.jpg
    Last edited by Jock Scot; 9th October 19 at 03:59 AM.
    " 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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    I had posted a thread a couple of years ago when I was looking for some tartan material in waxed canvas or similar material to use as a tablecloth. You might find some leads on material there:

    http://www.xmarksthescot.com/forum/f...aterial-93991/

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