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How to measure a kilt

Measuring a Kilt shouldn't be complicated

Great! You’ve got the Wedding Kilt weight down, and the Tartan Name or colour, now it’s time to take some measurements.

There are five main things to a Kilt Measurement which you can customise on our Order form.

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Waist in inches – from 26 – 50

Waist measurements should be taken at navel level and the measurement must be tight. This is usually taken 2 inches higher than your hip bone or higher from where your trousers are usually worn. Measure snugly around your waist at the height of your belly button.

Length in inches from 20 – 27

Length measurements must be taken from the navel to the top of the kneecap or mid-knee – whichever you require. It is also important that you remain standing upright and looking forward when this is being taken. Remember that kilts shouldn’t be worn too long! Kneel, keeping your back straight, and measure from the belly button to the floor

Seat in inches from 29 – 52

When measuring your seat, first of all, ensure that your pockets are empty! Next, ensure that your feet are kept together. Initially, take a light measurement around the hips and then add 2” of excess. Run the tape measure firmly, but not tightly around the widest part of your hips or seat.

Height in foot from 4’ 10” – 7”

Your height.

Pleating: Sett or Stripe

Pleating to sett is the pattern running across the pleats to give it the same appearance as the front of the kilt.

Pleated to the stripe is the stripe running down each pleat normally this is the most prominent stripe in the pattern.

Generally, the public would have their kilts pleated to sett and the military, such as pipe bands would have their kilts pleated to stripe, however, this does come down to personal preference as both are equally acceptable.

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