Questions and Answers

Why do you only sell kilts? 

We specialise in making premium, high quality, traditional Scottish kilts. Kilts are our passion and what we’re most knowledgeable about. There are a high number of retailers selling jackets, sporrans, hose etc, but we’re all about the kilts. Having said that, if there is anything other than a kilt you need, we have access to high quality highlandwear and accessories, let us know what you need and we’d be glad to help, or to point you in the right direction


Don’t you sell heavyweight kilts?

We’ve chosen to specialise in Strathmore wool kilts, because of how good the fabric is. Most of their fabrics are made in lightweight and mediumweight and we find that these high quality fabrics satisfy the needs of most customers. If you really want a heavyweight kilt, let us know and we’d be happy to help, we have access to hundreds of heavyweight tartans from other mills and if we don’t have what you’re looking for we’ll know someone who does.


Why don’t you sell your Weekend (casual) kilt in lightweight tartan?

We generally find that the casual style of kilt, with its lower yardage, made in lightweight tartan makes a much lighter kilt than most people would like. If you’d really like one, let us know and we’ll give you a price. The mediumweight fabric is much better suited to these kilts with their lower yardage.


Is your Weekend Kilt still a real kilt?

Absolutely, yes. Although a more casual kilt, it is still made from premium mediumweight Strathmore fabric. It's more versatile than the full kilt and is cooler to wear. This type of kilt is actually far closer to the earliest tailored kilts from the 18th and early 19th century. Full kilts with much more fabric were not commonplace until the end of the 19th century.


What tartan can I wear?

Put simply, we believe you can wear any tartan you like. However most people prefer that the tartan they choose has some ancestral, personal or geographical connection. We offer a wide range of clan, district, military and universal tartans. If you need help to choose please let us know.

 

Why don’t you call your Full Kilt an 8 yard kilt?

Because it isn’t always and shouldn't always be made from 8 yards of wool. Some retailers are happy to guarantee you a kilt made from 8 yards when it really isn’t appropriate. You may end up with a kilt with far too little fabric (for bigger sizes) or far too much fabric (for smaller sizes). Have you seen a kilt made with 8 yards on someone with a 32” waist – the kilt is disproportionate and doesn’t sit well. The 8 yards has always been nominal, however many retailers who’re not in the know will give you 8 yards regardless of your size. We want your kilt to look amazing on you, and for it to fit you the way it should. This means that your full kilt will be made from between around 7 and 10 yards of wool, depending on your size. This means you’ll own a truly bespoke, well-fitting kilt. If you are set on having the full 8 yards even if you are a smaller size, let us know and we will be able to help.


I want to order a large number of kilts for a pipe band/wedding/event, can you help?

Yes, contact us with your requirements and we'll give you a discounted price.


Why do you charge more for bigger sizes?

Simply put, bigger sizes require more material, therefore the cost of production is higher. The extra charges don’t fully cover the extra cost of material, but we believe that larger sizes shouldn’t be “priced out”.


Will my kilt have a hem?

The majority of our kilts will not be hemmed, relying instead of the selvedge which is built into the weave of the fabric. However, it is quite common for lightweight wool selvedges to become a little unreliable over time. In these cases, where our kiltmaker determines that in our lightweight wool, a hem would be better for the kilt, to give it greater durability, a hem will be stitched in to the kilt. When this is the case we’ll let you know, however any hem is unnoticeable and actually helps to provide a little more weight in the pleats.


Is a hand-stitched kilt better than a machine stitched kilt?

No, not really. Our machine stitched kilts are made with great care, precision and skill. Most people would not be able to tell the difference, as the pleats on our machined kilts are still understitched and never topstitched. Some argue that machining results in a kilt with stronger construction and it’s worth noting that the preparation and much of the structural stitching is still done by hand. Our hand-stitched kilts are fully stitched by hand. These are a true heritage product, made using skills and methods passed down through generations and over the centuries.


How long will it take to make my kilt?

Generally speaking, if the tartan you’ve chosen is in stock (most are) we expect it to take up to 6-8 weeks to make and despatch your kilt. Machined kilts take less time to make and hand stitched kilts are currently taking 8-10 weeks. If your tartan isn’t in stock, it will have to be woven and the total time to make your kilt could be around 12 weeks, depending on how busy the mill is. If your tartan isn’t in stock at the mill, we’ll let you know as quickly as possible so that we can whether you’d like to choose an alternative.


Why does it take so long?

Why shouldn't it?  In these times of automation, speed and the drive to get everything instantly, isn't it nice to know there are still some hand made, premium quality products made by skilled craftspeople out there!


Why do kilts cost more in some tartans?

There are a number of tartans we offer which we refer to as special tartans. The designs of these tartans are owned by someone or are woven under license – the mills have to pay a fee to the owners of these tartans so they cost more to produce. Our extra charges for these tartans are lower than most retailers charge. Examples include US Army, US Marines and Chinese Scottish.


What is pleating to the stripe and pleating to the sett?

Pleating to the sett means that the pleats at the back of the kilt are arranged in such a way that the sett (pattern) of the tartan is the same on the back as it is on the front. Pleating to the stripe means that, where it is suitable i.e. there is a dominant and vertical strip in the tartan, the pleats show this vertical stripe. This results in a kilt where the tartan pattern is not repeated on the pleats on the rear, producing a very different and often striking effect. Some retailers charge up to £50 to do this – we do it for no extra charge.


Your delivery charge is higher than I would expect, or I want to use another carrier

We are the only kilt retailer who pays your kilt the respect it deserves, by ensuring that we only roll, and never fold your kilt for posting. This is the time honoured method of making sure your kilt arrives uncreased and ready to wear. Soldiers have rolled their kilts for centuries for this reason. All other retailers we know of fold your kilt across the pleats to save money while we prefer to look after your kilt. To make things simple we have set flat rate delivery charges for different countries. There will be some occasions where we have to pay a little more and we are fine with this. If you do wish to select your own delivery service, please let us know and we will give you a price.


I made a mistake when I ordered. What can I do?

Please let us know ASAP. If the fabric has not yet been cut, we may be able to change your order. If the fabric has been cut, we may still be able to sort it out. If your kilt is already is the process of being made, we will be unable to make any amendments.


I received my kilt and it doesn’t fit me.

We take great care to make kilts according to the measurements you have given us. This is why it is so important to measure accurately. Once a kilt is made, we check that the fit of the kilt matches your measurements. We will only send you a kilt which has been made to your specification. For any other reason, as this is a bespoke item, we cannot automatically take it back, but please contact us and we will see if we can help. When you measure – if you expect to gain or lose weight over the coming weeks, please factor this into your measurements. Many people diet ahead of a wedding or graduation – if you are doing so, you want your kilt to stay on.


Can I phone you?

We are a small family business with customers around the globe, so we prefer to communicate via email. This provides you with a chain of our conversations. We’ll communicate with you by phone if we urgently need to.



If you have any other questions not covered here please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.