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Kilt Making | Measuring and Fitting

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For many, the thought of self measuring for Highland dress may seem quite daunting, but by following a few basic instructions this need not cause concern.

There are two golden rules

  • The most important one being not to attempt to do this alone. It is essential that you get someone else to do the measuring as it is quite impossible to do this yourself with any degree of accuracy.
    Then, when you are confident that you have all the measurements, repeat the process! As any tailor will tell you, "measure twice, cut once!"

  • The second golden rule is to use a proper tailor's measuring tape. This may sound obvious but you'd be amazed at the number of folk who try to make do with a six inch ruler and a piece of string! It never works

Finally, if you need any advice, or are not sure of something, please ask. We want to help you all the way through buying your Highland dress and we are as anxious as you are to get the figures as accurate as possible. We are only an e-mail away. The process of Kilt Making is demonstrated below in a variety of Photographs. As you can see, our Kilts are not mass produced but are individually hand tailored ensuring the finished article is of the highest quality tailoring.

Measurement Guide
Measuring for a Gent’s Kilt
For men it is important to have the correct "starting point" (1), which is exactly 2 inches above the hip bone, usually at the navel

Kilt Fitting

WAIST (1)
From this starting point measure around the stomach - this is the waist measurement. Note, this waist measurement that we are looking for is not the same as a trouser waist measurement, as the kilt is worn higher the waist measurement is usually greater than the trouser measurement.

SEAT (2)
Take the widest area across the bottom, and measure around, do not put the tape measure tight, this should be a fairly loose measurement.

LENGTH (3)
Whilst kneeling on the floor and keeping your back upright. Look straight ahead then measure from the navel to the floor. This will give you the correct finished length, which is mid-knee. There is a temptation to lean forward to view the measurement but this causes an inaccurate length measurement. It is essential that someone else does the measuring for you, as it is impossible to take this measurement accurately by yourself.

When you are happy with the measurements, please provide us with the following information:

For the Kilt

Height…………Weight…………Waist (1)…………Seat (2)…………Length (3)…………


For the Jacket

Chest…………Short/Regular/Long/XLong…………Sleeve (from crown to cuff)…………

Choice of Tartan...................................................


Other measurements

Collar size…………Shoe size (state UK or US)…………

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