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Nov 2014

From Our Sewing Room

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You have to admit, ‘kiltmaker’ is a pretty neat occupation to have, and one that the sewing room ladies hold with great pride and respect to history. However, it’s also provided a few good laughs over the years, as the curious-minded visitor have often asked many questions in such regard. Therefore, we asked the Ann and Jenni just that — what are the most frequently asked questions you hear regarding kilts?


6) What do I need to wear with my kilt?

A) When you wear your kilt, you must wear a sporran, kilt hose, and flashes. Everything else is optional — including underwear!


5) Do you make a 6, 7, or 8 yard kilt?

A) A kilt at the Gaelic College is made according to the size of a man’s hip. For example, with a hip measurement of 44” or less, we use ‘the whole nine yards.’ More yardage is required for a hip size greater than 46”.
*Fun fact: It’s from the making of a kilt that the common saying ‘the whole nine yards’ comes from!


4) What is the proper length of a kilt?

A) The kilt should stop at the top of the knee cap and there should be 4” – 5” between where the kilt stops and the top of the sock begins.


3) Who can wear a kilt?

A) Traditionally, the kilt is a man’s garment, but a woman in a pipe band can wear a kilt, and all highland dancers can wear a kilt.


2) Is there such a thing as a utility kilt, a dress kilt, or a casual kilt?

A) No — it is the shoes and top you wear with your kilt that determines whether a kilt is for work, for a casual occasion, or a formal occasion.


1) What is worn under the kilt?

A) Nothing is worn — everything is in perfect working order. 😉



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