How to make a Utility kilt and kilt?

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In this blog, I will guide you How to make a Utility kilt and kilt

This post will be useful if you are a do-it-yourselfer who wants to learn how to make a kilt. Since these kilt-making instructions and techniques come directly from our most experienced maker, who has produced over 20000 kilts on his own, they are guaranteed to be accurate. The individual giving you this advise is knowledgeable about both traditional and modern utility kilts.

Although a kilt is simply a pleated wrapped skirt (duh... it's not a skirt), the Utility Kilt or contemporary kilt is a modern variation of the traditional kilt. I'll demonstrate how to build both a traditional and a contemporary utility kilt.

How to make a Utility kilt?

Making a Modern utility kilts require stitching expertise and could not be done at home as it requires lots of technical stuffs that needs to be learned. In order to master that you need to learn stitching altogether.

How to Make a Kilt?

Here I will be sharing some basic and tricks about making a kilt so let’s get to the work.

How to make a great Kilt or a traditional Tartan kilt?

Making a fantastic kilt or a traditional tartan kilt is comparable in that there isn't much stitching involved. Making a magnificent kilt or a traditional tartan kilt requires a great deal of attention to detail and ability.

Step 1 – You need to get the measurements first!

This is the most important and first stage in manufacturing a kilt, and it applies to both traditional and non-traditional kilts.

To make a basic kilt, you will need three measurements, which are as follows:

  • Waist
  • Length
  • Hips

Step 2 – Preparing the Kilt Material – Tartan in this case!

The tartan cloth has a salvage edge that will be used as the bottom of the kilt (hem). Begin hemming the cloth at the top and bottom edges if it does not have a completed edge, making sure that the hems on both the top and bottom sides follow the design while stitching. After that, cut the cloth into two pieces broad enough to measure from the waist to the hem's bottom. It will leave a long centre strip that will be utilised in part for the waistline. After that, sew the two broad hemmed pieces together, ensuring sure they match the set's design.

The top edge of the material must then be finished by serging, running a zigzag stitch, or sewing.

Step 3 – Making an Apron

An apron is the buckled-up front of the kilt. However, you must make certain that the tartan is properly centred. To begin, fold the left side under at least 6 inches and produce a deep, double-width pleat.

Then pleat with a single-width pleat until you reach the safety pin at the hip. Pin in a broad double sett width box pleat at the opposite end of the pleating. The end of the inside apron must now be pinned back and measured to fit the outer apron.

Step 4 – Pleating the Kilt!

This is one of the most important aspects of producing a tartan kilt. As a result, you must do it correctly!

The exposed section of the cloth doubled for pleat should be 5/8 to 1 inch, and each part doubled for pleat should be 8 inches (strict). For accuracy, mark the one sett on a piece of cardboard. The pattern of setts must then be divided into equal pieces.

It appears that a piece of two broad colour strips with a thin stripe in the middle looks best separated into three sections, with the central section requiring strip centering. Additionally, an 8-inch sett can be broken into 8 or more portions. You can use the piece of cardboard as measuring tool.

Step 5 – Hip to Waist Adjustment

The first and last pleats must be straight, and this may be done with the use of a dart. Pins will be used to adjust the apron for one of the half waist/hip inequalities, and the other half should be evenly distributed across the pleats.

To ensure proper stitching, you may also use a temporary marker to specify the angles of the pleat adjustment.

Step 6 – Basting in Pleats

Bast at 14 and 12 inches up from the bottom edge of the material in two rows. Because a running thread compacts the material and makes it easier to work with when sewing, it may be utilised to catch the pleat's edge. It also makes steam pressing a lot more convenient.

Step 7 – Stitching the Pleats

Begin sewing with a blind stitch at the bottom of the pleat. Then, 12 inches from the pleat's reverse side, secure the thread; begin two stitches to secure the bottom, then slip the needle under three threads of the bottom material, then straight up to the pleat's top material. Run the needle back up to the bottom, around 3 threads down from the top material. It produces around 10 stitches per inch.

Step 8 – Trimming the Back of the Pleats

From the waist to 1 inch above the hip line, cut the extra material from the top of each pleat. This strip would be 12 to 2 inches deep and would remove the majority of the from the interior.

Step 9 – Adding Fringes

The wide piece of material must be cut from the kilt's length. After that, fold the cloth in half to double the thickness of the fringes. It should be stitched onto the apron's double-folded edge on the right side.

Step 10 – Adding the waistband

The waistline stripe of 5 inches must now be cut. The apron pattern and the beginning of the waistband pattern must be same. Turn the bottom edge of the waistband stripe under 12 inches and sew 1 to 12 inches from the top edge of the apron of the kilt using blind stitching. The remaining width of the kilt must then be overlapped over the top.

Step 11 – Adding lining

Do an overlap sewing along the top and inside the apron by bringing the bottom edge of the centre section to the back of the pleats to sew in the duck lining at the top of the inner waistband. You must make sure that the pleat's depth is sewn down. Another thing to remember is that the apron lining's bottom should be left open by hemming the lining to itself.

Step 12 – Adding Buckles and Leather Straps

Punch a few holes in the square ends of the leather straps. The straps are then sewed to the inside of the garment close to the fringe, one just below the waistline and the other just above the bottom of the sewn-down pleat. The lining must then be tacked over the sewn-in straps. Now stitch the buckles on the pleated region, which is 2 inches to the right of the apron's fringed size.

Step 13 – Adding Velcro Inside the Waistband

Instead of adding a third strap, Velcro within the waistband is recommended, which will allow you to wear the kilt with or without a belt.


Step 14 – Finalization

You'll need to use a damp towel to press the pleats. To steam in pleats, you must now hold the iron on each pleat and move to each pleat one at a time. Make sure a hefty item is placed on each ironed pleat to help it settle down.

Sum Up

This was a complete guide that must have helped you to understand that how to make a kilt and I am sure you guys must have understood the process.

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