Nothing looks more authentic than the traditional Great Kilt. This type of kilt is also referred to as “feile mor” or “breacan an fheilidh” and it has been in use from the 1500’s to the present day. It can still be seen in use in traditional reenactment events and Renaissance Festivals. The Great Kilt is most likely manufactured from wool that originates in Scotland. Until the Act of 1746, which prohibited the use of all types of Highland Dress, it was the most popular kilt style before being overtaken by the Modern Scottish Kilt.
What is a Great Kilt – A Brief Introduction
You will notice that the Great Kilt is a pleated tartan kilt which is worn down as far as the knee, and draped over the shoulder and attached with a brooch. Historically, 9 yards of tartan wool were needed to make the Great Kilt.
In order to create the perfect kilt, weavers would cut tartan in half to create 2 pieces – each around 4 ½ yards in length and around 30 inches in width. When the two pieces were sewn side by side together, the resulting kilt can be around 9 yards in length and 60 inches in width.
How Do You Put On a Great Kilt?
Yes, it does require some practice to put on. The Great Kilt has to be pleated every time it is worn. The belt is the only thing holding the garment together. It is easy to pleat a kilt when you understand how to do it, and the process takes around 10 minutes. Kilts are generally sold these days with directions about how to pleat and wear them, and there are plenty of guides available online.
Which Great Kilt Size Do You Need?
You can get a 34-inch waist fitted with a 4-yard Great kilt. A kilt of 6 yards will fit a waist of around 44 inches. If your waist size happens to be close to either 34 or 44 inches and you would like pleats closer together or deeper pleats, you need to consider the next larger size. You should know your actual waist measurements in order to know whether your kit will properly fit you.
How to Measure Yourself?
- You should measure the area of the waist where your pants generally fit.
- Measure the area where your hips are the fullest, generally around 6 inches under the waist.
- Measure the region from the waist to around the middle of your knee. It can be a good idea to have some assistance; given that even slightly bending down will end up changing your waist and hip measurements.
- Measure your height.
It is a good idea to make your kilt as comfortable as possible, so its better to have a looser version than a kilt that is too tight. We have a wide range of Great Kilts for sale, so if you are interested in this style of kilt, be sure to let us know by using the “Contact Us” form at the top of the website. We are also on hand to help you answer any questions you have about the Great Kilt. Other kilt styles to consider include Irish Kilts and the modern Tactical Kilt.