This is it- the beginning of my busy season, and I am waiting patiently for several pieces of tartan so that I can sew. There are a number of reasons why this happens. The first is that in Scotland, they take holidays very seriously, and the mills generally close between Dec 21 or so, and the new year. Then it may take a few days for things to get back to normal. The next is one of the orders I that I am waiting for is a special weave. This could take some time, even though the order was supposed to be ready around the first week of January. Even if it’s off the loom, it still has to go to the finishers, and that may take several weeks. So, in the meantime, I am doing several alterations, and some hems for growing dancers.
One of my alterations is yet another order from a very well-known supplier (one of the ones at the top of the search if you Google kilts) that wasn’t even close to the measurements requested. I ended up taking it apart down to the pleats, and I was pretty horrified at what I found: not a stitch of hand work, the use of glue instead of tailor basting, the use of iron-on interfacing instead of the sew-in kind, and a general lack of tailoring of any kind. This is the third one from this supplier that has had a similar story. The customer orders a kilt, and what comes is too big by 4-6 inches, and the supplier will not make it right. The customer searches around for someone to make it fit, and I have to charge them to take it apart and fix it. I feel bad, but it’s a full day’s work to alter the aprons on a kilt, so I have to charge accordingly. All I can say is that before you order a kilt from ANYONE, check their policies carefully, and double-check your measurements before sending them to the maker.
I have been arranging my schedule for the year, and I plan to attend some new events in 2016. Here’s the list so far:
February 5 -7 MRMW in King of Prussia, PA
April 9 NH Indoor Games in Merrimack, NH
June 3 Old Orchard Beach Scottish Festival, Old Orchard Beach, ME
June 26-July 1 Kilt Camp at Braemar Summer School of Highland Dance and Kiltmaking in Troy, NY
August 27 Quechee Scottish Festival Quechee, VT
Frank and I will also be vending at a number of craft fairs near the holidays. He has been making scarves and wraps all winter, and should have a beautiful selection ready to go.
I wish everyone who follows my blog a very happy New Year!