NOTE As of January
2010, Products, prices, and options are no longer being updated on this
site. However, this page is still a great resource, so we've left it here
see our new website, www.kilts-n-stuff.com, for the most up-to-date
the Welsh language, Kilt is spelled Cilt.) There is little evidence that
the Welsh ever wore kilts historically. Welsh tartans and Welsh kilts
are modern inventions. Nevertheless, our Welsh tartans are still a very
popular choice for those of Welsh descent who want to wear a Great Kilt,
so we have made them available!
Its hard to beat a Great Kilt.
When you belt it on, well 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. 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 great kilt 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 great kilt 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 great kilt 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 great kilt 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
though, we can sew the pleats in place for you - see below.
See our Great
Kilt history page for more interesting information.
our selection of Welsh Tartans
KGW13 4 yds, $335
(fits up to a 34in waist)
5 yds, $415
(fits up to a 44in waist)
6 yds, $495
(fits up to a 50in waist)
from medium weight 12/13oz premium wool Welsh tartan. NOTE
Welsh tartans are not woven with a kilting selvedge, so the top edge
the kilt will
be fringed and the bottom edge will be hemmed. Also, welsh tartans
are woven a little looser, and have a softer feel than you will be
used to if you are already familiar with Scottish tartans. 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 (below) as an
Special order. Please allow 6-12 weeks for delivery.
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).
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.
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.