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    11 oz tartan... what sort of kilt would this yield

    Greetings, Everyone.

    I have a line on some 11 oz wool tartan, but I'm wondering if it might be a little light for a kilt. I would probably make a box pleat kilt with it. Any thoughts as to how that weight of fabric would work for such a kilt?

    Thanks.

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    I live in Texas where it can be quite hot. One of my kilts is 11 oz. wool, 5 yard, knife pleated. While I bought it purposely for the warm climate, it is worn for casual events year round. You may hear from some that such light weight material is a no-no, but it works well for me.

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    11 oz fabric is used fairly often for kilts in the lightweight or "casual" style, while 13-16 oz fabric is generally used for traditional kilts (and 18 to as high as 22 oz for military kilts, as I recall). And I think the common PV fabrics like Rocky uses are in the 12 oz range. I wouldn't see any problem using 11 oz fabric for a lighter kilt. If you want it to have the feel of a heavier kilt, just use deeper pleats.
    Last edited by Tobus; 19th May 17 at 11:35 AM.

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    I have one and I'm making another, personally I prefer them for summer, particularly hiking and work around the house. The fabric was cheap and I made the aprons a touch heavier.

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    The lighter weight tartans will not hold the sharp crisp pleats as well
    as a heavier weight tartan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plaid preacher View Post
    Greetings, Everyone.

    I have a line on some 11 oz wool tartan, but I'm wondering if it might be a little light for a kilt. I would probably make a box pleat kilt with it. Any thoughts as to how that weight of fabric would work for such a kilt?

    Thanks.
    Box pleated kilts work best with heavy weight tartan because it will hold a crease well. Medium weight is okay, but I think 11 oz would not hold the creases well enough. To look good, most likely it would require some maintenance now and then to re-align, baste and press the pleats.
    Bonnie Heather Greene, Kiltmaker and Artist
    Traditional hand stitched kilts, kilt alterations, kilt-skirts

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    Thanks for the info, I was wondering the same thing.

    Because I can only find Portree in 11oz.

    There's a band in Canada, Kalamalka, that wears Portree tartan. I contacted one of their members and I was told some of the kilts are lighter than others.

    They told me who they got their kilts from, and when I contacted them they told me what everybody else told me, that Portree is only available in 11oz.

    If a custom run was made in heavier wool, neither the band nor the kilt supplier seems to be aware of it.

    Here they are

    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first white settlers on the Guyandotte

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    Houstons might be able to get it for you

    Houston Kiltmakers in Scotland may be able to do the custom weave for you. Scroll towards the bottom of this link for their information on custom runs.

    http://www.kiltmakers.com/tartan-sea...h_type=tartans

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    He kens na where the wind comes frae, But he kens fine where its goin'.

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    I own a couple in 13oz. and find them on the edge of too light but wearable. I have not handled a kilt in 11oz, but I do have some 11oz tartan fabric in hand and can not imagine wearing a kilt in it.

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    Thank you, everyone, for your feedback. I think I will pass on the tartan in question. It sounds like it might be a good deal...just not for a kilt.

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