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    kilt making offcuts

    Good afternoon all

    I have offcuts from a kilt which are available for purchase.

    They include Cameron of Erracht offcuts (some small, some large) and an Azure blue tweed.

    Would ask for £5 for each set, or £7.50 for both, plus P&P.

    Pictures can be taken but they're stored in my scraps box right now and I am in the middle of decorating and decluttering. I don't want to just throw them away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vikingnephilim View Post
    Good afternoon all.
    I have offcuts from a kilt which are available for purchase.
    What is a offcuts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patty Logan View Post
    What is a offcuts?
    Or more correctly:What are offcuts?

    Imagine a kilt maker takes a length of tartan to make a kilt? Say, for example, 9 yards. The remaining bits of cloth, from that 9 yards, after the kilt construction is finished, are known as “offcuts”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock Scot View Post
    Or more correctly:What are offcuts?

    Imagine a kilt maker takes a length of tartan to make a kilt? Say, for example, 9 yards. The remaining bits of cloth, from that 9 yards, after the kilt construction is finished, are known as “offcuts”.
    The seller would need to clarify in this case, but the term may also include those portions of the pleats that are cut out around the waist (above the fell line) to reduce bulk. It's common for kiltmakers to end up with a large stockpile of small tartan scraps/offcuts that are still useful for some kind of small patchwork project, and they end up giving them away or selling them.

    I was going to post a photo example, but apparently that's a "403 forbidden" kind of mistake on this forum...

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    I think if the advertiser clearly mentions "OFFCUTS" then it does clearly imply rather more than on piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobus View Post
    but apparently that's a "403 forbidden" kind of mistake on this forum...
    It's not. There's either an issue with the image you're trying to upload (image size?) or an issue with the forum software. I experienced the same thing yesterday. You can use a third-party image hosting provider like IMGUR to link to an image here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12stones View Post
    It's not. There's either an issue with the image you're trying to upload (image size?) or an issue with the forum software. I experienced the same thing yesterday. You can use a third-party image hosting provider like IMGUR to link to an image here.
    Steve explained elsewhere, and if I understood it correctly there is an occasional conflict between the software we have continued to use, and the software that the host is using. What I can't do one way, I can usually do another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Father Bill View Post
    Steve explained elsewhere, and if I understood it correctly there is an occasional conflict between the software we have continued to use, and the software that the host is using. What I can't do one way, I can usually do another.
    Yeah, apparently I can't post a photo in a reply. But I can reply, and then edit the post to add the photo. Bizarre.

    Anyway, here's a pile of kilt offcuts that I mentioned earlier. Unless the seller could be more descriptive with the sizes of the scraps, it's likely going to be something like this. (Each different tartan roll being from a different kilt, of course.)

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    I think the existence of offcuts is to blame for the rise in popularity of woven fabric tartan flashes.

    Many kiltmakers either send a pair of matching flashes along with their kilts as a matter of course, or offer them for a minimal price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock Scot View Post
    Or more correctly:What are offcuts?

    Imagine a kilt maker takes a length of tartan to make a kilt? Say, for example, 9 yards. The remaining bits of cloth, from that 9 yards, after the kilt construction is finished, are known as “offcuts”.
    Jock is correct - sometimes there is a little bit of excess that is trimmed off the edge. The other offcut can come from making a kilt out of double width cloth. This leaves a long, thin strip that may be used for something.

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