This pattern is just for the Highland Accessories, by Genniewren Designs. 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 Prince Charlie Jacket and Vest, Highland Dress Shirt, Highland Kilt, Socks and Ghillies, available separately, as well as in bundled packages (see listing image for purchasing options available).
The sporran has been an essential piece of kit for kilt-wearing Scotsmen since the Dark Ages. Kilts have no pockets, so a practical solution was to make a bag or pocket that could be worn around the waist, which was used to carry essentials. Early examples of sporrans are drawstring bags made out of calf skin or deer skin, but the more formally shaped plain leather sporrans with a flap closure are seen from the 15th century onwards. Hairy (or furry) sporrans appeared in the 18th century, as part of Highland military uniforms, and this style was soon adopted by the general sporran-wearing public. Tassels on the sporran are now purely decorative and are seen on plain everyday sporrans and the more elaborate formal sporrans. They are a reminder of the original drawstring style of sporran. The purse style top edge started as a show of wealth, with the first purse clasps being made of brass and worn only by clan chieftains.
Today sporrans come in two main types – plain leather sporrans for day to day wear, and purse-style furry sporrans which are more often worn for formal occasions. Either type is acceptable for Highland Dance regulations. This pattern contains pattern pieces for both types of sporran. The furry purse-style sporran has a silver purse clasp at the edge. In this pattern silver leatherette or vinyl is used to create the look of the purse sporran as it is easy to acquire and can be cut to a suitable size for dolls, unlike traditional purse closures.
A fly plaid shawl or wrap is also part of traditional Highland Dress and is worn on formal occasions. Today the plaid is a separate square or rectangular piece of tartan fabric. Originally the plaid was all in one with the “great kilt” which was a large piece of fabric wrapped around the body, belted at the waist and the ends were thrown across one shoulder. Dress plaids have fringed edges and are usually worn tucked under the epaulette of a Scottish doublet or jacket such as the Prince Charlie jacket. They are usually pinned in front with a clan badge. The fly plaid is not normally worn for Highland Dance.
This pattern is also available in a bundled package with the The Prince Charlie Jacket and Vest and The Highland Dress Shirt at a discounted bundled price to save.
Recommended Fabrics: For the plaid you will need miniature tartan fabric, preferably woven rather than printed as both sides of the fabric will be visible when the plaid is worn. Light weight tartans such as brushed cotton shirt fabric are best as they will drape better than the traditional woolen fabrics. You can usually find mini plaid fabrics at heirloom sewing stores. For the sporrans you will need soft leather or leatherette/vinyl fabric for the every day sporran and fur fabric for the front of the purse style sporran. The Balmoral Bonnet is made from velvet, woolen or fleece fabric. I used lightweight Barathea, but any soft drape fabric will work, e.g. flannel.
- For the “leather” sporran 7.5” x 5.5” of soft leather or vinyl
- For the purse-style sporran you will need 4.5” x 5.5” soft leather or vinyl
- a 4” square of mid-length pile fur fabric
- 2” x 2” of silver or gold leather or vinyl (if you cannot get metallic vinyl then you will need 2” x 2” of foil such as a candy wrapper).
Both sporrans also need:
- Hook and loop fastener or snaps for fastening the sporran
- 1 small buckle to take 0.25” straps
- 7.5” of silvered jewellery chain (plain link chain is best)
- 2 x open jump rings large enough to fit around the D ring and chain (I used 3/16” inner diameter jump rings)
- 2 x small D-rings – to take 0.5” straps
- 15” x 10” navy, black or Lovat green woolen fabric
- 15” x 10” lining fabric to match
- 1 x small pompom, approximately 1”-1.5” diameter
- 1 x 7mm-9mm metallic button, bead or sequin to represent a clan badge
- 15” x 0.5” wide checkered ribbon or braid
- 5” x 0.5” wide navy or black grosgrain ribbon
- 6.5” x 1” wide black satin ribbon
- 11” square of tartan fabric to match the kilt
Skill Level: Easy
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