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    Something for my girls...

    A couple of months ago, I purchased a ladies kilted skirt in the Maxwell tartan (ancient colors, to the sett) on eBay for less than $20 USD. From the photos, it looked to be fairly old and in need of a little TLC, but I figured it was worth a shot for the low price.

    When it arrived, I discovered that there were four small moth holes on the front apron (not mentioned in the listing), a few spots that needed "spot cleaning," and that all the straps needed replacing. On the upside, it's a fairly heavy garment (at least 14 oz. wool) and is interestingly made like a man's kilt, fastening on the right. It falls to about mid calf on both my wife and daughter in terms of the length, but the fell is in the correct place — so it's essentially a long kilt made for a woman.

    After giving it a good steaming, I took it to a re-weaver to have the moth nips repaired. She did a great job and you'd never know where the repairs were made if I didn't point them out.

    Here are a couple of images showing the back side of the repairs, which — knowing nothing about reweaving — I thought was interesting:





    I then arranged for the good folks at J. Higgins to replace the straps and give it a good press. I little more steam upon receiving the refurbished skirt and it's ready for action:





    When I compared the fabric to my Maxwell ancient kilt (16 oz., Locharron), the skirt is a finer weave and a slightly smaller sett size. I wonder which mill wove the cloth? Probably one that's long since shuttered by now!

    All told, including all the shipping charges, this project still came in under $200 USD, which is a good deal less than it would have cost to have something like this made. And it was kind of a fun project and my girls are glad to have another Maxwell skirt on hand to wear to Highland games, etc.

    Cheers,

    SM
    Shaun Maxwell
    Vice President & Texas Commissioner
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    What a real ‘find’ and wonderful result! Well done. It’s a beautiful garment.
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Retired Parish Priest & Elementary Headmaster. Lover of God, dogs, most people, joy, tradition, humour & clarity. Legion Padre, theologian, teacher, philosopher, linguist, encourager of hearts & souls & a firm believer in dignity, decency, & duty. A proud Canadian Sinclair.

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    Agree with the Padre.
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    Fabulous! Congrats on the find and the good fortune of finding an excellent person for the repair.
    John

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    What reweaver did you use?
    Descendant of the Gillises and MacDonalds of North Morar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FossilHunter View Post
    What reweaver did you use?
    Amazing Reweaving in Bellaire, Texas (a section of Houston)

    4501 Mimosa Dr, Bellaire, TX 77401
    (281) 948-2240

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/amazing-rew...6+availability

    The lady's name is Sue and she works out of her home. Cash business.

    Hope that helps!

    SM
    Shaun Maxwell
    Vice President & Texas Commissioner
    Clan Maxwell Society

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunMaxwell View Post
    Amazing Reweaving in Bellaire, Texas (a section of Houston)

    4501 Mimosa Dr, Bellaire, TX 77401
    (281) 948-2240

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/amazing-rew...6+availability

    The lady's name is Sue and she works out of her home. Cash business.

    Hope that helps!

    SM
    Thanks! Seems like a handy resource to have.
    Descendant of the Gillises and MacDonalds of North Morar.

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