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2010, Products, prices, and options are no longer being updated on this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
Phillabeg or "Little Kilt"
the Welsh language, Kilt is spelled Cilt.) There is little evidence that
the Welsh ever wore kilts (cilts) historically. Welsh tartans have been
created in recent times as a great way for you to honor your Welsh heratage,
and are a great choice for those of Welsh descent who want to wear a Phillabeg.
The Phillabeg or Feilidh-Beag,
literally translated as "Little Kilt", is an early predecessor
of today's modern kilt dating back to at least the late 1600's. It was
simply a length of tartan about 25" wide and about 4 yds long, loosely
bunched or pleated, and held about the waist with a belt. It was worn
to about the middle of the knee, with a few inches of tartan flopping
over the belt to help hold it on.
A 4 yard kilt will fit up to
about a 34 inch waist, a 5 yard kilt will fit up to about a 44 inch waist,
and a 6 yard 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 more information
please see our Phillabeg page. (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 if it is box pleated. See below for more
NOTE Welsh tartans are
not woven with a kilting selvedge, so kilts will be hemmed. (It still
looks great though. You won't know the difference). 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.
Please see our Phillabeg
page for more information. Pleating and wearing instructions are included
with each kilt, or you can download them here: How
to Wear the Phillabeg (Adobe PDF format).
our selection of Welsh Tartans.
Welsh Premium Wool
KPW13 4 yds, $179
(fits up to a 34in waist)
yds, $229 (fits
up to a 44in waist)
6 yds, $269 (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 kilts will
be hemmed. (It still looks great though. You won't know the difference).
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
Pleating instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally
these kilts are pleated each time you wear them. We ask for size
information to be sure that your kilt will fit you correctly, but
we do not pleat the kilt for you unless you also select Cheater
Pleats (below) as an additional option.
Special order. Pease 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 redoing your pleats. (Depending on how concerned
you are about the appearance, pleating your kilt can take anywhere
from a few minutes to a half hour each time you wear it.) What we
do is pleat the kilt, then stitch a waistband inside to hold the
pleats together. (Unless you select the strap and buckle option
below, a belt will still be necessary to hold your kilt on).
Here are your
Pleat to sett each pleat is positioned so that the
pattern (sett) appears to continue through the pleated portion of
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.
Buckles for an additional $25, we will stitch leather
straps and buckles inside and out. The straps will be hidden out
of sight, but they allow you wear your kilt without the need for
a belt. This option is not necessary, but very convenient!
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.