This pattern is just for the Highland Kilt. Other patterns in the Highland Dress and Highland Dance Series are available to enable you to make a complete Highland dress or Highland dance outfit for your doll. Complete the look with the Girls Highland Jacket and Vest, Highland Dance Blouse, Prince Charlie Jacket and Vest, Highland Dress Shirt, Highland Accessories, Highland Ghillies and Socks, available separately, as well as in bundled packages (see listing image for purchasing options available).
The Highland Kilt pattern teaches you how to make a traditional style Highland Kilt. The Highland Kilt is very different from a fashion kilt. Highland Kilts are traditionally hand sewn and can contain between 8 and 10 yards of fabric. In Scotland, Kilts are mainly worn by men and boys, but girls also wear Highland Kilts as part of the Highland Dance uniform for some of the official dances. For Highland dance, the apron always overlaps from left to right for both men and women’s kilts - there is no gender difference in fastening like there would be for a fashion kilt. A fashion kilt usually has fewer pleats as it contains less fabric, and the apron front will overlap on opposite sides for male and female kilts.
You will learn to pleat using traditional kilt pleating styles, so that the pleats on your kilt will be the correct width and style for your chosen fabric. Instructions are given for knife pleats or box pleats, and the pattern demonstrates how to pleat to "sett" (plaid pattern repeat), or to pleat to stripe. Example plaid fabrics are shown, along with information on measuring the sett, so that you can calculate exactly how much fabric you will need for the different pleating styles, just like a real professional Highland Kiltmaker.
The Highland Kilt has an apron, an under apron, and a pleated back section with traditionally steeked pleats. That means the pleats are trimmed to reduce bulk, and stitched down from the waist to the hips. It also has a narrow waistband, traditional strap and buckle fastenings, sporran holders at the back. The kilt also fastens with snaps or hook and look tape at the waistband.
This pattern is also available in a bundled package with the Highland Socks and the Ghillies patterns at a bundled discounted price.
Recommended Fabrics: For the kilt you will need miniature tartan fabric, preferably woven rather than printed as both sides of the fabric may be visible when the Highland Kilt is worn. Light weight tartans such as brushed cotton shirt fabric are ideal, as are lightweight mini tartan fabrics, as they will drape better than the thicker, heavier traditional woolen fabrics used for human clothing.
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 56 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. This pattern includes a 6 page Summary of Instructions section so you can print out just the text version if desired to save on printer ink! A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
I recently made the "Highland Kilt" from Genniewren’s Highland Collection. I love learning how to do new things. This pattern was filled with new techniques. And background information. And inspirational photos and fabric recommendations. I have made many pleated skirts before, but this was the first time I had ever seen the process of making a true kilt. Fortunately, the pattern had great photos and step-by-step instructions. I learned a new way to do the pleats. If you look closely at the photo of the back of the kilt, you can see that the design of the tartan fabric, which is unpleated across the front of the kilt, is the same across the back of the kilt which has about 30 inches of fabric pleated into it. All this, while having almost no bulk around the waist and hips. It’s a marvel! It’s appropriate for both boy and girls outfits, and fits both PM and the slimmer new dolls.