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    what to do with a retired great kilt

    Having tried out a piece of fabric as a great kilt for a while I found that, in my house at least, it's tendency to sweep surfaces clear of small items and to get caught on handles and suchlike made it impractical.

    A few bits got cut off for making odds and ends, so it would have been gradually assimilated, but one chilly evening as I was reading - I wrapped it around my shoulders to keep warm.

    Next day I decided to make a more formal item, something on the lines of a 'bog jacket' maybe, or a cloak if not too sweeping....

    I measured my 'wingspan', and used Kingussie pleating to reduce the length of fabric to that measurement, starting centre back and using pleating to the sett. I made large pleats which resulted in the centre box pleat being wide enough to span my back neck measurement. The pleats were sewn down in places - exact measurements to follow.

    I took my scissors and cut along the midline up from one edge, so I could put the two sides over my shoulders, and when I was sure I had the right length of vertical cut I then cut right across the box pleat side to side for a neck hole. I blanket stitched across the back neck, the central box pleat. The pleats could have been smaller, it would not have mattered all that much, but the one large box pleat fitted so nicely it seemed a pity to try anything else.

    The edges of the box pleat at the front were left unsecured so it opened out and then the edges could be crossed over.

    I had thought of cutting sleeves into it, but when I put it on I could pull the edges right around me, sit down and hold my book to read with three layers of fabric over my shoulders, which kept me warm.

    Photos to follow

    Anne the Pleater :ootd:
    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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    Sounds brilliant. Looking forward to the pics.
    KEN CORMACK
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    Anne, the term "...mother of invention" comes to mind. Seems you got a holiday treat with a few snips here and there. Good for you.

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    Looking forward to the photos. Always keen to see what you have for us Anne.

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    This is the fabric, 60 inches wide and brushed on what would be the right side, a twill woven asymmetrical fashion tartan.
    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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    What to do with a retired great kilt ?, send it to me and I'll wear it , if you require my postal address just let me know
    Albannach , Celtic Food & Craft Beer
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    A few measurements - the piece of fabric is 60 inches wide, and about 8 ft long.

    It is cut along the centre line for 18 inches. The back of the neck is the width of the box pleat, 8 inches. The pleats are sewn down across the back neck and for 10 inches down all 4 edges of the pleats at the back, and 6 inches on the outer pleat, but not along the box pleat at the front, so there is a loose rectangle, 12 inches by 18 inches on each side.

    When laid over the shoulders the loose rectangles can be crossed over and there is enough fabric to wrap around when sitting down.

    Anne the Pleater :ootd:
    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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    I got a few photos taken of the wrap being worn, unfortunately I pleated it to the sett - and me being a bit good at the sewing lark, the pleats don't show, so it looks like a straight piece of material. I'll have another go.

    Anne the Pleater :ootd:
    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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