A Day Off

We had a long weekend because of  Veteran’s Day, and I spent it, predictably enough, catching up on work.  Here’s the latest one–a Muted Angus for a young man who is a piper.  Being a big fan of blue generally, I really like this tartan.  He will look very smart with a black vest and all of the other stuff that completes the outfit.

Here is a closeup of the pleats:

This shows something that is very hard to do.  The 5 red stripes in this tartan are split between two pleats.  I do this so that I don’t end up losing stripes at the top of the pleats, where they taper to a smaller size.  I needed to fold the first pleat (on the left) 1/2 way across the center red stripe, and then match it perfectly to the next on, also showing 1/2 of the center red stripe.  The other thing that you will notice is the double red stripe centered on black, and the 1/2 blue, 1/2 black pleat.  These are easier, but still picky.  It’s hard to keep the stripes straight, and really hard to keep everything centered.  This is why being a kiltmaker involves being a bit of a perfectionist.  I may be one of the few people who would notice that stripes were uncentered, or that stripes were lost, but those tiny details are the mark of a really well-made kilt.  Bear in mind that what you see here is unpressed–it will all look nice and flat after I press it.

You may also notice all of the basting on the apron in the top picture–this is necessary to keep all of the folds and such in place for pressing.  This attention to detail is the first thing out the door in kilts that are made in a factory setting, and it’s what sets the truly handmade kilts apart from the others.