Here we go with yet another question about kiltmaking. When they are ready to place an order, people always want to know how long it’s going to take for me to get the kilt to them. Of course this is a legitimate question–you definitely want it BEFORE the wedding, big competition, or whatever special occasion you need it for!
The answer, for the most part, depends on the time of year that you ask. If you ask between June and December, it will probably be 4-6 weeks to get the kilt to you. Bear in mind that it takes 7-15 days to get tartan delivered, assuming that the mill has it in stock. Then it may take another week for me to get to it if I have other orders. Once I start on a kilt, it takes 16-20 hours of work to finish it and get it ready to ship. During the school year, I work from 7:30 -3:30 (unless I have a staff meeting, which would mean staying later at school). Then I do errands, or go to the post office. I begin sewing right after dinner, and normally work until 8:30 or 9:00. So it might take 4-5 evenings to make a kilt. During the summer, I may be able to finish one in two full days, though this rarely happens, due to interruptions of all kinds.
If you ask me about a kilt between December and June, you may get a different answer. My phone starts ringing in December, and by January 10, my book may have a bunch of orders in it. At this time of year it is often 8-9 weeks for me to get a kilt to a customer. This is my busy season, when (as I wrote in a previous post) the dance moms realize that their children don’t have a stitch to wear.
So, when you call, please understand that I’m working as hard as I can, but patience is sometimes required. I will do everything I can to accommodate customers, but I do try to do orders in the same way that they are received, so it helps when people plan ahead.