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Kilt Skirt

Stalindsay | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I have just finished sewing a kilt skirt for my daughter but have been unable to locate the buckles for the side. The pattern (Vogue) indicates purchase of “kilt tabs” but I can’t find them. Any suggestions?



  1. sanderson | | #1

    Google to the rescue.  I entered the key words kilt buckle and reenactment and got a slew of hits.

    1. Stalindsay | | #2

      Thanks for the suggestion. I had fun looking at all the sites, though it didn't solve my problem. Most sites listed buckles for men's kilts in the $50. + range. I just want a closure for the skirt.

      I appreciate the attempt to help! I also saw a review of the same pattern and one person didn't use tabs and the other couldn't find them either. I do wish when Vogue lists a notion they would make sure it's out there.


      1. Crafty_Manx | | #3

        It's definately not kilt-sy, but how would a frog closure look?  When the buckle on my kilt broke I removed it, sewed hooks and eyes to the underside (where they couldn't be seen) and placed a large kilt pin on the front.  Not authentic, but it works for me.


  2. delphblu | | #4


    In the day I made myself oodles of Kilt skirts... I remember being dissatisfied with the purchased buckles because the plastic-like material would harden or curl over time.  I suggest using small buckles and fabric or ultra-suede type material for the strap segment.  Decorative buttons would also work in this application... I've also learned interfacting or some sort of support for the fabic is helpful at the points where these  buckle-straps are attached.  Good luck with your daughter's skirt.


    1. Stalindsay | | #5

      Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll try the ultrasuede and a small buckle. I appreciate the help

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        paddyscar | | #6

         I cut a soft leather belt into suitable lengths for tabs, and was fortunate enough to recycle some buckles from 'ye olde button box'.

        If you aren't able to locate suitable buckles in a fabric store try a shoe repair or saddle shop.

  3. Susannah | | #7


    My mother, who was in her heyday a keen seamstress as well as a prolific leatherworker also suggested a leatherwork supplier.  I have not done any leatherwork, but as my mother lived in a country town, and I lived in our State capital, I was often sent on the rounds of the saddlery and shoe repair shops to find specific buckles, snaps, D rings etc.  Although my mother bought her leather wholesale (ie a whole cow skin in one go - they are huge!), many of the saddlery and leatherwork suppliers have small amounts of various weights/types and colours of leather.  It is an easy material to work with. 

    Some of the heavier leathers may need to be attached by hand, however the lighter weights may be able to be managed by a regular sewing machine, using a heavy duty needle (such as one used for denim).  For hand sewing, my mother used to mark the holes with an awl (she has an assortment of these, of various thicknesses) and then sew with a thick thread (she usually used linen or something similar). 

    I don't know how popular leatherwork is in the USA (but I know that my mother used to write away to the US for some of her mail-order supplies that she couldn't get easily in Australia), but the option of cutting up a small belt, as suggested by another poster, might be a quick way to get the leather and buckle, already cut to size.

    Hope it goes well


    Sue from Tasmania

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