Hand Tailored Premium Scottish Kilt
(8 Yard - Heavy Weight)

£495.00 (£412.50 ex. VAT)

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Aberdeen Forever Tartan

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Hand Tailored Premium Scottish Kilt (8 Yard - Heavy Weight) Description

  • 8 yard heavy-weight custom made to your perfect fit
  • We pride ourselves on quality and long-life of our superior kilts.
  • Our Highland Wear staff have a combined total of 90 years experience.
  • We have a worldwide reputation and are seen as the leaders in our industry.
  • It takes 15 man-hours for our highly skilled kiltmakers to produce your kilt.
  • Our after-sales backup and service is second to none.
  • We enjoy life-long relationships with our previous customers.

Alexander Scott founded Alex Scott in Aberdeen on 6th August 1925. Since then our shop has been proudly sourcing and producing Highland wear and all things Scottish.

Your HAND-MADE kilt will be produced by our highly experienced kiltmaker.

We produce kilts in over 3000 tartans using only the finest Scottish cloth. Kilts are available in both Medium Weight and Heavy Weight.

Tartan Cloth

The weaving principle is simple but todays weavers can produce all kinds of cloth. Kilt fabric is woven with pure wool and is made in different weights, two of which are ideal for making kilts, medium and heavy weight.

  • Medium Weight Cloth: Medium weight cloth is woven to 13oz/yard (430g/M), which is an excellent durable weight to make a kilt.
  • Heavy Weight Cloth: Heavy weight cloth is woven to 16oz/yard (515g/M), which again makes an excellent kilt.

Medium weight kilts are simply kilts made with medium weight cloth. The medium weight kilt has certain advantages despite the fact it is the lighter of the two kilts. The pleats are usually very sharp and maintain their appearance. It is also a better weight of kilt for small kilts and kilts that will be worn for more vigorous activities such as Highland dancing.

Heavy weight kilts are kilts made with heavy weight cloth. The extra weight of the 16oz cloth makes the heavy weight widely regarded as the superior kilt. The extra weight makes all the difference in the way the kilt hangs and how the pleats swing. The heavy weight cloth is also more resistant to creasing which means as long as the kilt is kept hanging, very little, if any pressing is required.

Choosing your tartan

If you have a Scottish surname there is a good chance that there is a tartan for your clan and one or more weavers weave it in quantity. If you like the tartan and are happy that you are wearing the family tartan this narrows the search down to different versions of that particular clan tartan. However, despite the large quantity of tartans now available, you may have a Scottish name that does not have a tartan. In this case it may be classed as a 'sept' of a clan. A sept of a clan is a family name that is related to a bigger clan for various reasons. The main reason was marriage. Female offspring of chiefs would lose the clan name in marriage but would still wish to retain her clan connection. Other clan names were simply small clans that sought the protection of a bigger clan. So, the sept clans then and now have the right to wear the badges, crests and tartans of another, bigger clan. If your surname does not link to any tartan, the next step is to look back at each maiden name on the maternal side beginning with your mother. This can often throw up new possibilities for family tartans. If you have by this stage found no related tartan to your name or have a dislike to your family tartan, then you can choose any tartan! There are many generic tartans such as 'Aberdeen Forever' that are designed to be a tartan for all, although in truth anyone can wear a clan tartan that they like the look of. The Scottish Tartans Authority is the official body that all tartans must be registered with. You can learn more about clans, tartan and view for yourself hundreds of tartans on the Tartans Authority website.

Special Weave Cloth

Another scenario may be that the Clan tartan exists but is not commercially woven. If this is the case, it may be available in our 'Old and Rare' collection. This range covers more unusual tartans but there is a surcharge. We can also have the cloth specially woven.

The Structure of the Kilt

Our kilts are made using pure wool cloth woven by some of the best weavers in the world. The kilts are made-to-measure by our own in-house kiltmaker to the highest possible standard. The kilts are made using eight yards (7.3m) of cloth. However for bigger people, it is sometimes necessary to add an extra yard of cloth so that the kilt will have the correct number of pleats. The kilts are lined at the waist and have a buckle and strap at each side to give adjustment for comfort. The kilts are usually pleated to the set, which makes the pattern at the back match the front, but we can if requested, pleat the kilt to the stripe. This ishow military kilts are pleated and makes the back of the kilt appear to be one colour.

Typical Timescale

We usually quote 6-8 weeks to make a kilt, however, there are circumstances out with our control that can extend the time taken. The weavers strive to keep a surplus of tartan in stock, however, their stock does run out occasionally which means we have to wait until they have woven a new batch. The delay is based purely on how far on with the weaving process they are when we express an interest in acquiring cloth for your kilt. If they are near the end of the process, the delay may only be a week or so, however, the delay can be four weeks and more. We will make you aware of any situation regarding delivery before confirmation of the order. As mentioned in the previous section, your chosen tartan may not be woven as a stock tartan but we can have any registered tartan woven to order to make one kilt. This adds twelve weeks to the delivery time of the kilt and can add to the cost.

Sizes And Dimensions:

Package size approx. 56cm x 45cm x 14cm

Note: Couriers "Volumetric weight" is approx 7kgs

* Note: This product cannot be gift wrapped.

Hand Tailored Premium Scottish Kilt (8 Yard - Heavy Weight) Customer Reviews

Name:
Sean McNabb
Rating:
5
I am from Indiana, USA. From the first contact with them I felt very comfortable and at ease with the Instructions on how to go about measurements for ordering my kilt. I had a timeline that they were able to meet which I was very grateful. The quality of the kilt is exceptional. There is one thing about the making of the kilt that I would have done. The side buckles for adjustment seems to be made at minimum size. Leaves no room for weight loss. That is my only complaint.

Date Added: 21st September 2016


Name:
Alasdair Forbes
Rating:
5
I wanted something awkward. I needed a replacement kilt but had expanded (slightly) since being measured so the original measurements wouldn't be applicable any more. However, I was also starting a diet, so my current measurements were also (hopefully) irrelevant. After several chats with the office we achieved a compromise and I'm delighted with the result, which is even better quality than my original one. I would always highly recommend them.

Date Added: 12th March 2016


Name:
Terence Sorsby
Rating:
5
Truly great service. Popped into the shop whilst visiting family in Aberdeen, saw a great offer on kilts, very competitive, ended the visit £1200 lighter!!! I can't rate the service enough, attention to detail personal touches were no trouble to the staff. I have since used there website and will keep doing so, all orders have arrived before I expected them to! Buying from Alex Scott is like buying from family from the first query to delivery is totally faultless

Date Added: 28th September 2014


Name:
Norman Roddy
Rating:
5
Although I was born in Northern Ireland my love for Scotland is through my grandmother Agnes Gunn and I have always felt Scottish. I told my sons this on many occasions and said to them I would love to own a kilt in the Gunn Tartan, low and behold my youngest son, Lee, surprised me this Christmas with not just a kilt but socks and belt. This was the match that lit the fire, I have now purchased jacket, shoes, waist coat cuff links and all the other accessories to make up the full outfit and am proud to wear it. It was made all the easier knowing I could get all from one store, Kiltmakers and would encourage anyone with my life long feelings to just do it, don't leave it as long as I did to enjoy the heritage of being Scottish in the heart.

Date Added: 2nd April 2014


Name:
Bill Wilson
Rating:
4
Took care of my needs without any issues... Would highly recommend Kiltmakers to anyone who is in the market to get kitted out...!!

Date Added: 2nd March 2014


Name:
E. Romeijn
Rating:
5
Fast delivery, perfect quality, clear communication. Keep this up and all the Dutch will convert to wearing kilts in no time :)

Date Added: 25th January 2014


Name:
Allan
Rating:
5
OUTSTANDING service and SUPERB products!!! I urgently needed a kilt for a friends wedding and living out in Hong Kong, it's proven very expensive or very difficult to get a hold of a full kilt outfit with all the trimmings. So after some research I decided to make my purchase with the Kiltmakers. Order emails were exchanged and follow up emails appeared almost instantaneous to confirm about sizes, fabrics, etc...customer care was amazing! My full kilt outfit took under 2 weeks to get here, with everything as per my order included, all neatly bundled up. Simply the best online shopping I've have done to date! If you need a kilt made or any Scottish type of accessories the Kiltmakers are definitely the first ones to look for!! Will be using them again for sure!!

Date Added: 24th January 2014

Buyers Guide To Kilts

Alexander Scott founded Alex Scott in Aberdeen on 6th August 1925. Since then our shop has been proudly sourcing and producing Highland wear and all things Scottish. Proving our commitment to great customer service we're passing on some of our extensive product knowledge right here.

A Short History

The history of the kilt is a colourful one, it first appearing as the great kilt or belted plaid, with visual records of this apparel going back to at least the end of the 16th century. The great kilt started as a cloak, also known as a brat, the checked or tartan design a statement on the wealth of the wearer. This is also where the term Highland Wear came to be. Rarely worn by the poor people of the lowlands, the kilt was associated more with the wealth of the people of the Highlands.

Which brings us to the question uppermost in the minds of the curious who know nothing about kilts: Is underwear worn under the kilt? The Highlanders were very brave men indeed! Actually, there was a time that it was considered more manly to forego undergarments under the kilt, and there are still Scotsmen today who believe a true Scotsman should wear nothing under his kilt. However, according to the Scottish Tartans Authority, this practice is childish and unhygienic. It is; therefore, up to the wearer and that burning question will always be in the mind of those not-in-the-know.

Now, back to the kilt and its illustrious history. The kilt we know today is an evolution of the original, the needs and the tastes of the gentry and soldiers changing, making change in battlefield and formal attire a necessity. Simply put, the kilt was cut in half, making it much easier to get in and out of and giving birth to the walking kilt or small kilt. A series of buckles and a single width of fabric, still being tucked, or folded, up into the belt at the waist, became very popular in the Highlands and northern Lowlands, though the great kilt was still being widely worn.

The first kilt with pleats sewn in, the first truly tailored kilt, was created in 1792, with an example of this kilt being in the possession of the Scottish Tartans Authority, and is the predecessor to todays modern kilt. Worn mostly for formal occasions, a resurgence of traditional Scottish pride is making it more widely acceptable to wear the kilt for many informal occasions as well. We take great pride in providing the highest quality kilts to our kinsmen here in Scotland and around the world.

The Different Weights of Tartan Cloth

Tartan cloth is made with bands of pre-dyed wool woven as warp and weft at right angles to each other. The warp is the spun thread held taught from one end of the loom to the other. The weft is the thread that is woven through the warp at right angles. The weft is woven two over - two under and advances one thread on each new row. This produces narrow diagonal lines that form a block pattern made of vertical and horizontal lines that repeat to create the tartan.

The weaving principle is simple but todays weavers can produce all kinds of cloth. Kilt fabric is woven with pure wool and is made in different weights, two of which are ideal for making kilts, medium and heavy weight.

Medium Weight Cloth: Medium weight cloth is woven to 13oz/yard (430g/M), which is an excellent durable weight to make a kilt.

Heavy Weight Cloth: Heavy weight cloth is woven to 16oz/yard (515g/M), which again makes an excellent kilt.

Medium weight kilts are simply kilts made with medium weight cloth. The medium weight kilt has certain advantages despite the fact it is the lighter of the two kilts. The pleats are usually very sharp and maintain their appearance. It is also a better weight of kilt for small kilts and kilts that will be worn for more vigorous activities such as Highland dancing.

Heavy weight kilts are kilts made with heavy weight cloth. The extra weight of the 16oz cloth makes the heavy weight widely regarded as the superior kilt. The extra weight makes all the difference in the way the kilt hangs and how the pleats swing. The heavy weight cloth is also more resistant to creasing which means as long as the kilt is kept hanging, very little, if any pressing is required.

Choice Of Tartan

Tartans are woven into different clan tartans, district tartans and more generic tartans such as our own 'Scotland Forever' or 'Aberdeen Forever.' In turn, many of these groups are sub-divided into different colour schemes.

Ancient Colour Tartan
Ancient Colours
Modern Colour Tartan
Modern Colours
Weathered Colour Tartan
Weathered Colours
Muted Colour Tartan
Muted Colours


Ancient colours are dyed very pale to reproduce an era when no chemical dyes existed and cloth was dyed using natural dyes. Modern colours produce a kilt with the same tartan but bright strong colours made possible by the invention of chemical dye. For example, where ancient red appears orange, modern red appears scarlet and ancient blue that is sky blue is navy blue in modern colours.

Additional colours available are weathered, where the colours are tinted with brown shades to emulate an old well-worn kilt stained by years of exposure to the harsh Scottish weather on the Highland glens. Muted colours are also designed to emulate an old kilt but they are not as earth-like as the weathered colours. Although the amount of tartans woven as stock is immense, there are many tartans that are not available in certain colours, if any. These tartans can be specially woven.

Choosing Your Tartan

If you have a Scottish surname there is a good chance that there is a tartan for your clan and one or more weavers weave it in quantity. If you like the tartan and are happy that you are wearing the family tartan this narrows the search down to different versions of that particular clan tartan.

However, despite the large quantity of tartans now available, you may have a Scottish name that does not have a tartan. In this case it may be classed as a 'sept' of a clan. A sept of a clan is a family name that is related to a bigger clan for various reasons. The main reason was marriage. Female offspring of chiefs would lose the clan name in marriage but would still wish to retain her clan connection. Other clan names were simply small clans that sought the protection of a bigger clan. So, the sept clans then and now have the right to wear the badges, crests and tartans of another, bigger clan.

If your surname does not link to any tartan, the next step is to look back at each maiden name on the maternal side beginning with your mother. This can often throw up new possibilities for family tartans. If you have by this stage found no related tartan to your name or have a dislike to your family tartan, then you can choose any tartan! There are many generic tartans such as 'Scotland Forever' that are designed to be a tartan for all, although in truth anyone can wear a clan tartan that they like the look of.

The Scottish Tartans Authority is the official body that all tartans must be registered with. You can learn more about clans, tartan and view for yourself hundreds of tartans on the Scottish Tartan Authority website.

Special Weave Cloth

Another scenario may be that the Clan tartan exists but is not commercially woven. If this is the case, it may be available in our 'Old and Rare' collection. This range covers more unusual tartans but there is a surcharge. We can also have the cloth specially woven.

The Structure Of The Kilt

Our kilts are made using pure wool cloth woven by some of the best weavers in the world. The kilts are made-to-measure, here in Scotland, to the highest possible standard. The kilts are made using eight yards (7.3m) of cloth. However for bigger people, it is sometimes necessary to add an extra yard of cloth so that the kilt will have the correct number of pleats. The kilts are lined at the waist and have a buckle and strap at each side to give adjustment for comfort. The kilts are usually pleated to the set, which makes the pattern at the back match the front, but we can if requested, pleat the kilt to the stripe. This is how military kilts are pleated and makes the back of the kilt appear to be one colour.

Typical Timescale

We usually quote 6-8 weeks to make a kilt, however, there are circumstances out with our control that can extend the time taken. The weavers strive to keep a surplus of tartan in stock, however, their stock does run out occasionally which means we have to wait until they have woven a new batch. The delay is based purely on how far on with the weaving process they are when we express an interest in acquiring cloth for your kilt. If they are near the end of the process, the delay may only be a week or so, however, the delay can be four weeks and more. We will make you aware of any situation regarding delivery before confirmation of the order. As mentioned in the previous section, your chosen tartan may not be woven as a stock tartan but we can have any registered tartan woven to order to make one kilt. This adds twelve weeks to the delivery time of the kilt and can add to the cost.

Hand Tailored Premium Scottish Kilt (8 Yard - Heavy Weight) Dimensions

Package size approx. 56cm x 45cm x 14cm

Note: Couriers "Volumetric weight" is approx 7kgs

Packaged Weight (for shipping purposes only): 7kgs
Internal Stock Codes
PID: 8961