The “KILT”. . . a skirt from antiquity, worn by men. . . well not always. The Kilt has been seen in the female fashion world in almost every modern decade. “Fashion Styled” in many different ways depending on the locale and time period.
The original Kilt always made of tartan plaids, with front side fringe and buckles, was popular in the fashion progressive 60’s. This pattern has illustrations reminiscent of the “60’s Preppy Look” …think Bryn Mawr, Vassar, Radcliffe. The Kilt skirt of that “Fashion Style” was worn with pullover sweaters, blouses, cardigan sweaters, blazers, knee socks, and low heeled casual shoes. The newly designed “panty hose” or “tights” in every color and even the “fish net” of the Mod period could be seen worn with the kilts of the 60’s.
However, you don’t have to stay with the 60’s. . . Let your imagination and memories inspire you to “Fashion Style” the Kilt skirt in the many ways, it was worn, through the many fashion era’s.
Pattern features include:
Historically designed with fringed front
Authentic working strap/buckle closure
Sewn down pleats
Recommended Fabrics: Wool Tartan plaids are the familiar fabric for kilts, however, they may be too large in proportion for an 18 inch doll, so keep that in mind when choosing fabric. Look for similar small prints in lightweight wool, flannel, and although, not an original fabric of kilts, cotton plaids are sometimes replicated with the tartan plaids (blue plaid skirt above). Look for fabrics that have the ability to fray into a nice fringe along the vertical grain line of fabric. *Sometimes fabrics have a nice fringed salvage edge, if you find one you like, it can be used as the fringe side of skirt. (Brown skirt photo )
-1/4 Yard of fabric (at least 40 inch width, end to end not including salvage.)
-Scrap of leather or faux leather fabric to be cut into (4) 3/8” X 3” strips
-(2) 3/8 inch buckles
-Basting tape (water soluable, can sew through)
-Snap or small piece of hook and loop tape
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 25 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. 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.
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Once I figured out that the pattern was a downloaded file, it was fairly smooth from there on. However, having to print out 18 (?) pages was somewhat of a hassle and a lot of ink. If somehow the directions could be reduced with smaller photos and more condensed font, it would be appreciated. I couldn't figure out how to reduce the number of pages in a reasonable way before printing. Once printed, the pattern and directions were awesome. I had just made a kilt for mu 7 year old granddaughter which was, of course, far more complicated. This was really straightforward and reasonably easy. I loved that the pattern was attached to the fabric to pleat. I may try that the next time I encounter pleats - great technique. This kilt matched almost identically the kilt for my granddaughter - so cute! Wish you made "doll and me" patterns or matching patterns for girls and dolls. I have a tough time finding appropriate matching patterns past girl sized 8. Thank you!
Hi Ginny, You do have the option of only printing the selected pages of the pattern. We have many customers who only print the pattern pieces pages then refer to the instructions using a computer, phone, or another device as well. There are written instructions at the end of each of our patterns and you could even print only the written instructions and the pattern pieces pages to save ink and paper.
Clear fairly easy to do pattern. It works especially well with a plaid fabric that will fray. I liked it so well I made a matching quilt for my sister.
I had very good results using this pattern and will be using it again. The only thing I will do differently to make an accurate Highland Dance Costume with it is to flip the front opening from the left side to the right. Left is correct for the kilts I wore in the 70's, right is correct for dance. The pattern went together well and I would recommend it highly.