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Great Kilt (Feileadh-Mhor)

Greatkilts

It is hard to beat a traditional great kilt, also known as the "breacan an fheilidh" or "feile mor". The great kilt dates back to at least the 16th century. Traditionally, It could take up to a year to shear and spin enough wool, grown on one's own sheep, to make one kilt. Fortunately, you don't need to wait that long! (or grow the sheep, or do all that work).
The great kilt is made from double-width fabric, 54-60 inches wide. When you belt it on, more than half of the fabric is above the belt. In warm weather this extra fabric can be bustled up behind you or pinned over the shoulder (pictured). In cool or rainy weather the extra fabric can be worn over both shoulders like a cloak, or (depending on how tall you are) up over the head like a hooded cloak.
A 4 yard greatkilt will fit up to about a 34 inch waist, a 5 yard greatkilt will fit up to about a 44 inch waist, and a 6 yard greatkilt will fit up to about a 50 inch waist. If you are larger than this please contact us for pricing on larger kilts. Also, If your waist size is close to one of these limits, consider the next size larger if you want deeper pleats or pleats closer together. For example:
If you have a 34 inch waist, a 4yd greatkilt will have pleats 1.5 - 2 inches wide and 3-4 inches deep. A 5yd greatkilt will have pleats approximately 1 inch wide and 3-4 inches deep or 1.5 - 2 inches wide and 6-8 inches deep. In this example a 6yd greatkilt would be overkill with a 34 inch waist, but it would have pleats about 1 inch wide and 6-8 inches deep.

Normally, you pleat the kilt each time you wear it, and the only thing that holds it together is your belt. Each kilt comes with instructions on how to pleat and wear your kilt. You can also download them here: How to Wear the Great Kilt (Adobe PDF format).
As a convenient option, we can sew the pleats in place for you - see Cheater Pleats™ below.

See our Great Kilt history page for more interesting information.

Quick Links:

Braveheart Tartan

Synthetic Blends

Premium Wool

Cheater Pleats™

Homespun Great Kilts
Our Homespun tartan is made from a 55/45 blend of polyester and wool. It is woven by hand on old-world looms, and looks very authentic to what would have been woven historically. The yarn is worsted, but not spun as tightly as modern machine-made tartan. The cloth is also not as tightly woven. Homespun tartan will pleat by hand easily, but will not develop a sharp edge. Small snags, pulls, holes and other assorted blemishes are common. Because it is hand woven, these flaws are a natural part of it's character. Homespun is approximately a 9/11oz. fabric, but feels thicker due to it's looser weave.

Homespun Great Kilt
(catalog tartan list O)
Homespun tartan, 54 inches wide. Pleating instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally these kilts are pleated each time you wear them. If you would like us to pleat the kilt for you, please select Cheater Pleats™ as an additional option. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
View our selection of in-stock homespun tartans
KGHS – 4 yds, $139 (fits up to a 34in waist)
KGHS – 5 yds, $169 (fits up to a 44in waist)
KGHS – 6 yds, $199 (fits up to a 50in waist)


You will need a brooch to hold your kilt on. The plain penannular brooch is a great, economical way to get the job done. Add a large plain penannular brooch for $15 (checkmark the box). Or go here to check out other options.
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Braveheart Great Kilts
The same 100% wool tartan, woven in Scotland by the same weaver, as the kilts used in the filming of the movie! The Braveheart tartan is very rustic, woven in natural wool and earthtones believed to be authentic to that period.

Braveheart Great Kilt
Braveheart Tartan, 60 inches wide. Pleating instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally these kilts are pleated each time you wear them. If you would like us to pleat the kilt for you, please select Cheater Pleats™ as an additional option. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. See our Braveheart Kilt page for more information.
KGBH – 4 yds, $249 (fits up to a 34in waist)
KGBH – 5 yds, $299 (fits up to a 44in waist)
KGBH – 6 yds, $359 (fits up to a 50in waist)

Synthetic Blend Great Kilts
Whether you are allergic to wool, or just want a great looking tartan for less, a synthetic blend is a great way to go! Hard wearing, washable, and cool to wear, to the untrained eye it is nearly indistinguishable from expensive 100% wool tartan. While the weave is not as authentic as Homespun tartan, many people appreciate the crisp look of the modern tartan fabrics in a Great Kilt. With about about 60 tartans available to choose from, it's the most affordable option for many tartans.

Poly/Viscose Great Kilt
(catalog tartan list P)
Light weight 11oz tartan, woven from a 65/35 blend of polyester and viscose. NOTE poly/viscose tartans are not woven with a kilting selvage, so the bottom edge of the kilt will be hemmed and the top edge will be fringed. Approximately 58 inches finished width. Pleating instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally these kilts are pleated each time you wear them. If you would like us to pleat the kilt for you, please select Cheater Pleats™ as an additional option. Special-order. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
KGPV – 4 yds, $159 (fits up to a 34in waist)
KGPV – 5 yds, $199 (fits up to a 44in waist)
KGPV – 6 yds, $239 (fits up to a 50in waist)


You will need a brooch to hold your kilt on. The plain penannular brooch is a great, economical way to get the job done. Add a large plain penannular brooch for $15 (checkmark the box). Or go here to check out other options.
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Premium Wool Great Kilts
Made from 100% pure new wool, woven in Scotland. This is the tartan most of you are familiar with, and used in modern, tailored, formal kilts. This is your best option if you are looking for a specific tartan. With over 1000 tartans available it makes a great looking Great Kilt! Because we work with 8 different woolen mills to bring you the largest possible selection, the kilts below are divided based on each suppliers price and availability.

Light Weight Premium Wool Great Kilt
(catalog tartan lists A&B)
Made from light weight 10/11oz premium wool tartan, woven in Scotland, 60" wide. This is the most commonly available tartan fabric. Makes a great looking Great Kilt, and the light weight is especially nice for hot weather wear. Pleating instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally these kilts are pleated each time you wear them. If you would like us to pleat the kilt for you, please select Cheater Pleats™ as an additional option. Special-order. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
KG011 – 4 yds, $339 (fits up to a 34in waist)
KG011 – 5 yds, $399 (fits up to a 44in waist)
KG011 – 6 yds, $499 (fits up to a 50in waist)

You will need a brooch to hold your kilt on. The plain penannular brooch is a great, economical way to get the job done. Add a large plain penannular brooch for $15 (checkmark the box). Or go here to check out other options.
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Light Weight Premium Wool Great Kilt
(catalog tartan lists C)
Made from light weight 10/11oz premium wool tartan, woven in Scotland, 60" wide. This tartan selection does not have a selvedge edge so the bottom will be hemmed and the top will be fringed. Pleating instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally these kilts are pleated each time you wear them. If you would like us to pleat the kilt for you, please select Cheater Pleats™ as an additional option. Special-order. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
KG11C– 4 yds, $379 (fits up to a 34in waist)
KG11C– 5 yds, $449 (fits up to a 44in waist)
KG11C– 6 yds, $549
(fits up to a 50in waist)


You will need a brooch to hold your kilt on. The plain penannular brooch is a great, economical way to get the job done. Add a large plain penannular brooch for $15 (checkmark the box). Or go here to check out other options.
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Medium Weight Premium Wool Great Kilt
(catalog tartan list D)
Made from medium weight 12/13oz premium wool tartan, woven in Scotland, 54" wide. Medium weight tartan will hang better and take a crisper pleat than light weight tartan, and many tartans are only available in medium weight. Because it's heavier, It my not be as light and comfortable to wear as homespun, synthetic blend, or 11oz tartan. Pleating instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally these kilts are pleated each time you wear them. If you would like us to pleat the kilt for you, please select Cheater Pleats™ as an additional option. Special-order. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
KG013 – 4 yds, $379 (fits up to a 34in waist)
KG013 – 5 yds, $469 (fits up to a 44in waist)
KG013 – 6 yds, $559
(fits up to a 50in waist)


You will need a brooch to hold your kilt on. The plain penannular brooch is a great, economical way to get the job done. Add a large plain penannular brooch for $15 (checkmark the box). Or go here to check out other options.
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Welsh Light Weight Premium Wool Great Kilt (Cilt)
(catalog tartan list N)
Made from light weight 10/11oz premium wool tartan, woven in Wales, 59" wide. Welsh tartan is not woven with a selvage edge so the bottom will be hemmed and the top will be fringed Pleating instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally these kilts are pleated each time you wear them. If you would like us to pleat the kilt for you, please select Cheater Pleats™ as an additional option. Special-order. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
KG11W– 4 yds, $479 (fits up to a 34in waist)
KG11W– 5 yds, $595 (fits up to a 44in waist)
KG11W– 6 yds, $695
(fits up to a 50in waist)


You will need a brooch to hold your kilt on. The plain penannular brooch is a great, economical way to get the job done. Add a large plain penannular brooch for $15 (checkmark the box). Or go here to check out other options.
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Welsh Medium Weight Premium Wool Great Kilt (Cilt)
(catalog tartan list N)
Made from light weight 12/13 oz premium wool tartan, woven in Wales, 54" wide. Welsh tartan is not woven with a selvage edge so the bottom will be hemmed and the top will be fringed Pleating instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally these kilts are pleated each time you wear them. If you would like us to pleat the kilt for you, please select Cheater Pleats™ as an additional option. Special-order. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
KG13W– 4 yds, $550 (fits up to a 34in waist)
KG13W– 5 yds, $675 (fits up to a 44in waist)
KG13W– 6 yds, $850
(fits up to a 50in waist)


You will need a brooch to hold your kilt on. The plain penannular brooch is a great, economical way to get the job done. Add a large plain penannular brooch for $15 (checkmark the box). Or go here to check out other options.
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Cheater Pleats™ (Optional) ($50 extra)
This is a nice convenience option. Your kilt will still look like you pleated it yourself, but you can take it off and put it back on any time you want to without re-doing your pleats. (Depending on how concerned you are about the appearance, pleating your kilt can take you anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour each time you wear it.)
We'll pleat the kilt for you and stitch a waistband inside to hold it all together. There will be a row of stitches visible on the outside of the kilt, but these will be covered by your belt (a belt will still be necessary to hold your kilt on).

Pleat to sett – each pleat is positioned so that the pattern (sett) appears to continue through the pleated portion of the kilt.
Pleat to stripe – we choose a prominent stripe in the pattern and center the stripe down the middle of each pleat. This is a traditional military style, and can look very nice. Some tartans just don't look good pleated to stripe however. If you choose this option we will let you know if it can't (or shouldn't) be done.
Box pleats – another traditional military style. Every other pleat is reversed. This creates pleats twice as wide (3 to 4 inches wide depending on the sett width of the tartan you choose) with tartan folded under both edges of each pleat. Incidentally, box pleating uses less tartan, so you can actually get by with a 4 yard kilt all the way up to about a 50 inch waist. NOTE – We will only use as much tartan as we need to, so if your waist size is less than 50, and you select box pleats, your kilt will most likely be constructed of less than 4 yards of fabric. The other pleating methods will use approximately the whole 4, 5, or 6 yards accordingly. If your waist size is larger than 50 inches, and you would like box pleats, select a 5 yard kilt.

How To Measure
1) Measure the waist size at your actual waist, where you usually wear your pants.
2) Measure your hip at the fullest point, usually 6-8 inches below the waist.
3) Measure the length from your waist to about the middle of the knee. Have someone help you. If you bend even a little while trying to do it yourself, the measurement will change.

 

   
 

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