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    What a handsome collection of kilts!!!
    Kiltmaker, piper, and geologist (one of the few, the proud, with brains for rocks....
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    Geology stuff (mostly) at http://people.hamilton.edu/btewksbu
    The Art of Kiltmaking at http://www.celticdragonpress.com

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    Thanks Barb!

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    You are surrounded by lovely ladies with lovely kilts.

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    Exclamation OMG Panic mode, I have to make 2 childrens' kilts within the next couple of weeks!

    I have to make my girls' kilts and sashes (8 &11) myself (along with my shawl) as the finished kilts would not arrive in time for our vows renewal ceremony! I'm a beginning sewer so I can do the basics but I have NEVER made a piece of clothing just pillows, seams, holes, and buttons LOL. Should I add 50% more fabric to my order to account for the kilts' wrapping and pleating or double it? I know how to do hidden seams (sort of) on the machine but can I just hand pleat the kilts instead of sewing them at the top first like I'm doing my husband's great kilt? I assume the rest is simply accurately measuring the waist/hips and adding seams and fasteners? Please help. I would really like to not have to pay even more for a professional tailor if I can help it. Thanks
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    Deep breaths! So the first question to answer is whether you want to make something that looks like a kilt or whether you need something that is really built like a traditional kilt. If the former, you can get by with any plaid fabric you find and just make your girls each something that pretty much looks like a kilt. If you really want to make a trad kilt, you'll spend a lot on kilting tartan, and you might want to order The Art of Kiltmaking (www.celticdragonpress.com). Having said that, it takes a beginner about 40 hours to make a full trad, hand-stitched kilt with all the interior construction, and it sounds like you don't have nearly enough time, especially since you have to get tartan too. Making each of them something more like the great kilt you're making for your husband would be a fine alternative, as would a couple of nice simple gathered tartan skirts.
    Kiltmaker, piper, and geologist (one of the few, the proud, with brains for rocks....
    Member, Scottish Tartans Authority
    Geology stuff (mostly) at http://people.hamilton.edu/btewksbu
    The Art of Kiltmaking at http://www.celticdragonpress.com

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    For my daughters' kilts I used 2 yards of double width fabric, which ripped to 4 yards of single width. Since their kilt length was between 15-17 inches, I now have enough left over for a toddler kilt too from each kilt. For girls I used Strathmore 11Oz tartan. It's a beautiful, soft fabric with no itching and is light for children. It also comes with a kilting selvedge so you don't have to sew a hem. It can be obtained (depending on which tartan used) via Scotweb (use the link above for 10% off).

    Some measurements in TAoK I changed for little ones. The 9 inches on the underapron tuck-in was shrunken to 6-7 inches. Likewise, the distance from the centre stripe on the underapron to the last pleat was reduced from 1/2 apron hip + 15-17 to +12-13 inches, otherwise the deep pleat would have been enormous (causing sagging and wasting fabric).

    As a matter of preference, I used 3/4 inch straps and buckles for the kids, and only a 1 inch rise rather than 2 inches.

    As a novice of 7 kilts, a child's kilt takes me a week to do, when working full-time as well.

    As Barb said, don't rush things. When I rush things I make mistakes. But do get Barb's book and follow it to the letter, save for scaling down as above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb T View Post
    Deep breaths! So the first question to answer is whether you want to make something that looks like a kilt or whether you need something that is really built like a traditional kilt. If the former, you can get by with any plaid fabric you find and just make your girls each something that pretty much looks like a kilt. If you really want to make a trad kilt, you'll spend a lot on kilting tartan, and you might want to order The Art of Kiltmaking (www.celticdragonpress.com). Having said that, it takes a beginner about 40 hours to make a full trad, hand-stitched kilt with all the interior construction, and it sounds like you don't have nearly enough time, especially since you have to get tartan too. Making each of them something more like the great kilt you're making for your husband would be a fine alternative, as would a couple of nice simple gathered tartan skirts.

    Wow, I didn't realize it would take so long and you are absolutely right, I don't have the time to do full traditional kilts. I think having something that looks like a kilt will do for now. I like the idea of doing a "wrap" type of skirt with the material for our ceremony then taking my time to make the traditional kilts for the girls later. I'll try to find some videos of ways to wrap and post pics afterward. Thanks for the advice!

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