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Easy Kilt Alterations Guide

Houston Kiltmakers Easy Kilt Alterations Guide

Clothes are symbolic. There are symbolic of era, culture and individual character. Let’s face it we all do it. We look through old photos and shake our heads at the many years of fashion faux pas. We look at the garments that we once thought were fashionable and wonder how some fashions have resurfaced in later years. There is a well known saying in the fashion and retail industry that fashion always repeats itself. However there is one garment that never seems to go out of fashion; the kilt!

Tartan kilts have been worn for centuries and are one of the few traditional garments that are still making an appearance on catwalks today. A kilt is a garment that will last you a lifetime so it is very important that you buy a heavy weight cloth and have it made by a reputable kiltmaker. If you have your kilt cut for growth it can be easily taken in or let it over the years should you lose or gain weight. This will also allow the kilt to be passed down as a family heirloom and easily adjusted for other family members. Adjusting you kilt buckles will easily tighten or loosen you kilt to ensure a perfect fit. Read the instructions below for some very easy fine tuning advice.

TAKING IN YOU KILT

See photo A

Photo A shows the outside of the front apron of your kilt. This is the buckle that must be moved to make your adjustments. So un-pick the stitching around the buckle attached to kilt and move in towards the belt loop. You can resize to meet whatever needs however; we suggest you try 1 inch, to start with then pin on. Follow the same instructions on the bottom hip strap on the outside of your apron; this may need a bit less positioning.

Then see photo B

Find the strap inside or under the back apron of your kilt. Un-pick some stitching around the leather strap and move in towards the middle of your apron, this will tighten up. Adjust to whatever measurement you need. We suggest you try about 1 inch first and tack in place

After making these adjustments try on your kilt. Make sure you are happy with the size and fit. If you are happy with the size, re stitch the outside buckles, onto your kilt.
Then stitch the inside leather strap back onto your kilt.
There you have it, job done!
If you have any trouble with this a good seamstress should be able to carry out this process with minimal effort.

LETTING YOUR KILT OUT

See photo C

Photo C shows the inside of the front apron of your kilt. This is the buckle that must be moved to make your adjustments. So un-pick the stitching around the buckle attached to kilt and move out towards the belt loop. You can resize to meet whatever needs however; we suggest you try 1 inch, to start with then pin on. Follow the same instructions on the bottom hip strap on the inside of your apron; this may need a bit less positioning.

Then see Photo D

Find the strap on the inside apron of your kilt. Un-pick some stitching around the leather strap and move out towards the edge of your apron. Adjust to whatever measurement you need. We suggest you try about 1 inch first and tack in place

After making these adjustments try on your kilt. Make sure you are happy with the size and fit. If you are happy with the size, re stitch the outside buckles, onto your kilt.
Then stitch the inside leather strap back onto your kilt.
There you have it, job done!
If you have any trouble with this a good seamstress should be able to carry out this process with minimal effort.

FURTHER HELP AND INFO

Owner of Houston’s Ken MacDonald has had his own kilt for over 30 years and has his kilt adjusted regularly to ensure the perfect fit.
For further information on kilt adjustments and to see Ken and his 30 year old kilt please view our helpful video clips at www.kiltmakers.com/tv/

6 replies on “Easy Kilt Alterations Guide”

Hi John,

Thanks for your enquiry regarding Kilt Alterations.

Kilts can be taken in or let out for growth. However we work on a case by case basis for this, as it depends on each individual case the extent of what we can do.

Are you local to the shop? It would be best to pop in with your Kilt if possible and our seamstress can take a look to see what can be done.

You can see our Kilt alteration guide here for more guidance: http://www.kiltmakers.com/assets/brochures/pdf/Houston_Kiltmakers_Kilt_Alterations_Guide_2013.pdf

I hope this helps, if you need anymore information or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

All the best,

Stuart

bought a kilt with a 24” drop kilt hangs just below the knees need it shorten to above the knees such as a 20” inch drop which I measured my self can you help me where can I get this done or explain which is the best way to shorten a kilt help

I have inherited my grandfathers kilt and would like to wear it, but the length is about 1.5 inches too long. Is the length something that can be altered?

Hi Ben,

A Kilt can be taken up and a hem put in the bottom. This can be done by a skilled tailor/seamstress. Take care when putting a hem in the pleats, it may be best to flatten them out then re-press them into shape after.

Hope this helps!

Hello,
I have a 1902 Seaforth Highlanders kilt which has suffered much ‘butchery’ in its history.
My problem is that the first strap and buckle that you fasten are only 1/2″ wide… is this correct for a Military kilt? I suspect not.
I would bring it for your attention but I first need some clarification re: the above. If you would be so kind.
I have been told to take it to Oxfam but I think I should wear it with pride even considering it’s old fashioned.

Kind Regards,

Andrew Alan Cameron.

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