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
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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.