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I wanted to share some of the construction pictures of the
hand-made kilt:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/creativeapps/slideShow/Main.jsp?token=125447336115%3A754396414

It was an amazing process.  I'll keep adding more as I find
time.

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Beverly
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On Feb 24, 5:45=A0am, "BEI Design"
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Lovely , and i love the color
mirjam

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Thanks Beverly,

I like the kilt, very very nice.

Everytime i see one of your  kilts,  you re-ignite my desire to
make one.

The last time [last year] i  researched making a kilt, finding
some instructions books etc. and then looking for a tartan that i
favored... well the price $$$$ of a nice tartan reminds me why i
stall and hesitate on the kilt :O ouch !

I may try to make a muslin kilt from some heavy 12oz navy twill
sitting in the stash but how i do like the look of those tartan
colors and setts on the kilts.

robb



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robb wrote:
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Thank you!

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And, what's holding you back???  ;-)

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Yes, the cost of true tartan is not cheap. As I recall we
paid $70/yard, but since it was 60" wide we only needed 3.5
yards for DGD's kilt.  But really, the cost of the tartan
fabric is not what makes a kilt expensive.  I figure my time
is worth at least $20/hour, so my labor pencils out at
$1,000!  I might get my time down some if I make many many
kilts, but I honestly do not know how the professionals turn
out $843 eight-yard kilts including the cost of the tartan,
hair canvas, lining, buckles and straps, thread, and labor:
http://www.tartantown.com/product480.html
I could not possibly do it for money, only for love.

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I have promised my DSIL a genuine kilt if he can ever settle
on the tartan he wants.  I would also like to play at making
a UtiliKilt:
http://www.utilikilts.com /
Not nearly as much challenge as matching the tartans but
maybe doable.

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Beverly
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ok, i have ordered "The" book   ;)

now to find some tartan ...
i would go with something that just pleases my eye and/or suits
my demeanor but i'll probably start with something that has some
relevant significance  by browsing through related  registered
tartans for ideas

maybe i'll get a little further along this time.

robb



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robb wrote:
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Try this link which Juno so kindly posted:
http://www.bblackandsons.com/fabrics-wool-tartanplaid-c-68_126.html?zenid=4f1a2d71b0aba204ffda6e113c358cc4

56"-60" wide 100% wool, which is wide enough to split
lengthwise so you could get by with 4 yards for and "eight
yard" kilt.  At 8-10 ounces,  a little light-weight, you
would not get quite the swing of a 16 ounce tartan, but if
the selvedges are good you could certainly use it for a
"practice' kilt.  ;-)

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Do it!  I found the entire process, from doing the math, to
stitching, to pressing a great joy.

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Beverly
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"BEI Design"
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Very nice new Kilt! Only love, indeed, can make you undergo such an amount
of work and worrying. Professional kiltmakers have, perhaps, some kind of
template or other gadget. Perhaps something like the buttonhole thingy that
you can adjust to the size of the garment. And of course, if you do nothing
but kilts, all day long, every day of the week, your hands probably find
their way on their own. I remember that when I learned arithmetics in
elementary school, I nearly ruined my brain by overstraining in the attempt
to imagine every figure and so on until my mom showed me some tricks like
shifting the . or when multiplying some numbers the row would follow certain
rules. Hard to explain in English, but I think you got the meaning. Since
Tartans are somewhat mathematical (or they look to me like they are), I bet
there's a shortcut to every size/kilt/tartan combination.

U.



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Ursula Schrader wrote:
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Thank you, Ursula.

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Indeed!  I tell DGD's teacher, who would rlaly like to
enlist me for making kilts for her stedents: 'Sure, just
send along any who share my DNA."  ;->

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I'm sure I could shave some time off the 50 hours it took me
if I did many many kilts, but nevertheless I doubt any of
the parents of the local kids who dance would be
willing/able to pay me what I know my time is worth.

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Yes, I think it is the same with many skills.  That's why
even professional musicians practice daily.  Repetition,
repetition, repetition....

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Yes, there is a great deal of math involved.  One takes the
recipient's waist hip, and length measurements, then sits
down with a chart and calculator to decide on the ratio of
the apron hip-and-waist to the pleated back hip-and-waist.
Then the size of each pleat face has to be adjusted to
accommodate the finished measurements, and the amount each
pleat has to taper from hip to waist, etc.  I found it
fascinating.

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Beverly
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