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ohsewwonderful | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi everyone. I’ve just discovered this wonderful site and I’m a complete novice to discussion forums.  My little 8 year old grandaughter started highland dancing which she loves and I would like to  make her a proper highland dancing kilt for Christmas and I’m quite excited at the prospect. 

I believe there is a Threads article on kiltmaking which I havent been able to trace.

I would just love it if there is  anyone out there who could  help me by sharing the benefit of their experience and knowlege on this subject to help me get started?






  1. jatman | | #1

    Hi OhSewWonderful!  I can't really help you with making a Kilt but this website will help you find things in Threads Magazines if you can't locate them on their website:


    Looks like there is an article on Kiltmaking from March 1991 Issue #33.

    Good luck!



  2. Tatsy | | #2

    I haven't seen anything on making kilts, but one of my kids is very involved with Scottish heritage activities.  There are lots of groups that encourage Scottish dancing, piping, and other Highland activities.  I would try that route to get information. Also there are a few companies that make kilts in the States.  One out of Minnesota comes to mind, but I don't have the address any more. Good luck.

  3. Crazy K | | #3

    I'm trying to send you a link.  It's a Minneapolis, MN  based company and they make custum kilts or sell the authentic fabric.........hope this helps you.  Maybe if you contact them you could get a pattern as well.



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    Becky-book | | #4

    Here is a web site that has directions:


    Hope this is what you need,


  5. Andie | | #5

    I became fascinated with kilts a couple of years ago and have made three men's kilts for my neighbor, his brother and their friend. The first one took 60 hours, but I went very slowly to be sure I followed the instructions exactly. Subsequent kilts took less time and a child's kilt would definitely go faster. I have two more kilts scheduled this winter.
    I bought an excellent book through an excellent website - http://www.tartantown.com The book is called The Art of Kiltmaking by Barbara Tewksbury and Elsie Stuehmeyer. I also ordered the tartan through Tartantown. It had the best price I could find. On the website, on the main menu, go to Dance, then Instructional books. I highly recommend it.

  6. woodruff | | #6

    Kilt article in Threads, from online index:http://www.taunton.com/cgi-bin/artresult-th.cgi?heading=KiltsI don't know if the back issue is available for sale, but it would be worth asking them.

  7. GailAnn | | #7

    Recieved a very nice catalogue this week, called The Celtic Croft, lovely, although expensive tartans, and they also offer the book The Art of Kiltmaking.  It's pretty interesting just to read the catalogue.

    Seems they also have a website http://www.kilts-n-stuff.com you might try it.  Gail

    1. ohsewwonderful | | #8

       I shall check that out Gail. Thank you.  I live in Scotland, so buying the tartan is not a problem, but you wouldn,t believe that there us more information on kiltmaking in the USA and Canada on Kiltmaking.


      Others have told me about that book too, but the first edition was out of print and the publisher said that the new edition would be out in September, although when I tried to order it on line I couldnt get through, so perhaps its not available yet.  I'll give it another go.


      Thank you for your message.


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