Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Mon, July 22, 2019 07:50:28
decided to find out. Tartanista in London is selling their “Value kilt” range
at prices starting at £16.95. In order to have it that cheap, you must be
pretty slim, however. A 30” waistline isn’t much for a grown up man. Two inches
more and you are two pounds up. And from 34” through 42” the price is 22.95.
That’s probably where most of customers are. For men of some substance, between
44” and 48” you have to pay one pound more and when ii cannot be larger, at 50”,
the kilt shall cost you £24.95. But still, less than £25 for a kilt is cheap,
whatever the size.
Yesterday I ordered it.
I know already. I have bought a few sporrans from them. And they have been good
and cheap. And I have bought a Tartanista forest green kilt many years ago. To
the price it was fine. I haven’t used it very much, however. It was to the
tight side. When buying other off-the peg kilts ordering them one size down has always given
a better fit. This time I have followed Tartanista’s sizing instructions, so
me interested in ordering a new kilt was the fact that the Tartanista Value kilts
you can now have shorter and longer than the otherwise standardized 24”. Well,
only in one tartan, Black Watch, but a start it is. Mine to come is 22” short.
I know already
that this kilt shall involve a compromise. The pleats are – according to the
pictures - not sewn down. And nowhere are they told to be. And therefore they
shall not be, I’m sure. No doubt, the sewing down process is time consuming and
cost ineffective and contradicting a starting price of just 16.95 British pounds.
I never had a kilt without sewn-down pleats. How obvious shall it be that it
has not? Shall it make a difference on windy days? I’m going to find out.
How about accuracy
of the pleating? Black Watch is probably not the most difficult of tartans when
it comes to arrange the pleats to the sett. But again, let’s see.
fabric itself? Shall it feel nice? Look nice (enough)? In seven to ten days I’ll
know. And I’m going to tell you.
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Fri, June 22, 2018 09:17:34
Commando or not?
ending question, but in fact there is an indication in a YouGov research from
2016, according to which no less than 45 per cent of Scottish men voting for
independence in the 2014 referendum stated that they ‘go commando’; whereas 32
per cent of those voting No will do.
Under the condition that the 45/55 result for independence also applies to men;
it means that almost 38% of Scottish men should go commando under kilt – and
nothing being said about frequency - at least sometimes.
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Sun, June 17, 2018 07:39:00
kilt, sewn by a Scottish kiltmaker shall last you a lifetime; and it might go
on to generations.
Something like this is what you often see when looking for a
it is thought to be an argument justifying a high investment in a kilt. But should
it really make sense to you as a customer?
Well, if you keep your size all life and the kilt shall not only fit next generation but also be interesting for a son or grandson to
wear; it may. But how likely is it? Don’t forget the importance of the correct
fitting when having your kilt made exactly to your measures. And the very
thought of caring for your precious kilt might probably mean that you should
only use it at few and very special occasions.
But is it a
clever argument from the perspective of the kiltmaker, then? No. It is an
extremely bad one, in fact; at least a most short-sighted one. Could you
imagine a manufacturer of anything else being interesting in selling no more
than one of his products to the same customer - and his heirs?
Like me, I’m rather convinced that you cannot.
And, somehow absurdly, even the cheapest kilt, worn only twice a year could serve
you a lifetime and be handed over to next generation. It wouldn’t look as good
as that fine and expensive kilt. It would never have. But that is quite another
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Thu, June 07, 2018 11:40:55
ago a 5 yard made to measure James Morrison kilt by Heritage of Scotland was to
buy from £151. On most tartans there was an additional charge, but in the most
common tartans £151 would do.
James Morrison brand has disappeared but Heritage of Scotland are still offering
five yard kilts made to measure. Now, however, prices start at £200. But you
can hardly find a tartan without an additional charge. At least I have not been
able to. They are £30 or far more extra.
are free to take the price for their products they want to and to increase
prices as much as they want to. But I find it rather questionable if a “from”
price is pure theory.
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Thu, June 07, 2018 11:06:23
last couple of years prices on kilts made in Scotland have increased rather
dramatically. Perhaps the vendors are trying to compensate for the drop in the British pound since the country decided to leave the European Union? This, however, makes no sense to me, as it is to believe that the wool comes from
Scotland, and that wages to Scottish kilt makers have not increased that much.
remember that a few years ago some Scottish kilt manufacturers demanded that
only kilts made by skilled Scottish kiltmakers in Scotland and from Scottish
wool should be allowed to be called kilts.
Prices on imported
Pakistani made cheap kilts have not gone up, which should have been the
I don’t understand it.
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Thu, June 07, 2018 10:47:02
realized that it is almost two years ago since anything has happened on this
blog. And I only have myself to blame. To those of you who have followed it I
can only say that I’m sorry. And that I’ll try to revitalize the blog. My
interest in kilts and kilt wearing hasn’t gone. Rather the opposite. There
hardly is a day where I’m not out and about in a kilt. And very often kilted
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Tue, July 05, 2016 11:07:56
Just a few
years ago I complained about kilt makers’ and vendors’ pretty bad web sites.
Well, still some are looking most old fashioned, but most sites have obviously
been renewed, resulting in a better design and improved functionality.
A site that has really impressed me is the new Heritage of Scotland.com home
page. Not that their old web site was ever bad, far from, but the new one is definitely more stylish, and then it gives a lot of information on kilts, tartans,
clans etc. Add to that it is as easy as never before to order a kilt according
to your measures.
Only one thing could need a revision: When ordering a kilt you might get the
impression that you have only 10 (most popular) or 20 (view all) tartans to choose
from. And that is not the case.
There are in fact no less than 1.500 tartans on their tartan list. But if your are looking for a nice tartan you must know the name of it (not all customers have
their one and only tartan) – or be inspired somewhere else, like on The
Scottish Register of Tartans site – and then return to the Heritage pf Scotland
site to check the price.
It is a little bit complicated. Much better, it would
be, could you have tartans on display, sorted by letter or colour(s).
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Wed, June 29, 2016 16:37:24
know, this kilt must be nearly 20 years old?” I a couple of days told my wife.
And it must be, not being my first kilt, but
one of the first ones.
looks very nice”, she answered and added “I think tartans, like this, not too
colorful look the best.”
I had on my
four yard wool kilt in Ramsay Blue tartan, meaning a rather subdued blue, black
and a thin white stripe.
The picture above, showing me in my Ramsay tartan kilt is a few months old
having got a clue I might perhaps think of buying myself a new kilt in a somewhat subdued tartan. What a pleasant occupation look for a suitable one.