Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take for me to get my kilt?
To find out how long our current waits time is please look in the "News" section. We like to get a kilt to you in between 4 and 6 weeks but sometimes the number of orders in front of you will prevent that. If you really need your kilt for a special event please let us know by phone or e-mail before you place your order.
How much fabrics will there be in my kilt?
If your kilt is to be made from one of our 35 stock fabrics the amount of fabric needed will depend on two things, the Model and your hip size.
If your kilt is to be made from a Tartan, your hip size and the size of the Sett of the Tartan will determine the amount of fabric needed.
If you browse the different Models in the shop I have listed examples of the amount of fabric to use as a guideline.
On average a Freedom Kilt will use slightly more fabric than a Traditional of the same size. This is due to the generous pleat depth we build into our kilts. Our kilts also feature very large deep and reverse pleats to allow the aprons to drape between your legs when sitting.
Can I have something that is not shown on the website?
Of course. We are custom Scottish weras makers. Every item we make is to each customer’s individual specifications. If you have an idea for your own personal kilt we are only a phone call or e-mail away.
Why do you have different models?
The models we offer were designed to meet the requests we were getting from our customers. Each Model has a completely different pleat reveal and depth, suited to the use. We have found that for hiking, and physical work our customers preferred a kilt with wider pleats. For office work, or when a bit more dressy occasion requires we narrowed the pleats to present a more refined look.
Other kilt makers make the same kilt over and over but change just the pocket arrangement and call it a new model. We prefer to allow each customer to customize his kilt to his needs and preferences so our pockets are all optional. This way the customer can choose only those pockets he will use and place them where they meet the needs of whatever he wishes to do in his kilt.
How do your kilts differ from other kilts?
There are three major points of difference between a Freedom Kilt, a Traditional Style Kilt, and other Contemporary Style Kilts.
The first is how we build the internal strength.
If a kilt is to look well, and last for years, some internal strengthing must be built into the kilt. In a Traditional Style Kilt this internal structure is hair canvas that is attached to the straps and buckles.In truth, you strap on the canvas allowing the outer fabric to "float" on the outside without stress on the stitching of the pleats.
In a Contemporary Style Kilt we had to find another method of providing this internal structure. At Freedom Kilts we have found a way to allow the wearer to strap or button on his kilt and still allow the outer fabric to float and move without binding or puckering and allowing the pleats to swish properly.
The Second big difference is accuracy.
At Freedom Kilts the shop measuring tolerance is 1/32", or one Twill line of fabric. There is no other Contemporary Kilt maker I know of that holds their product to such a high level of accuracy. This accuracy applies not only to the width of each individual pleat width but also to every other aspect of the kilt. We designed a measuring system that allows us to produce a kilt that fits its wearer perfectly. The waistband will stay in place without drooping or riding up on your waist. The Fell is the correct length regardless of the waistband height. And the Kilt fits snug but not tight enough to cause the pockets to gape open.
The third thing we at Freedom Kilts are very particular of is the pleat hang and swish.
We have borrowed tips from Traditional Style Kilts that allow our pleats to remain straight and parallel throughout the life of the kilt. We increased the depth of the pleats because the stock, machine washable, fabrics we use are usually stiffer than a Wool fabric of the same weight. We choose our fabrics to have the qualities that allow the best swish and yet resist deforming from the stresses of sitting or working in your kilt.
We also used the same Traditional kilt making methods to minimize as much as possible the curl of the edges of the pleats and the aprons that is so common on other Contemporary Kilts.
Why do you ask for so many measurements?
We allow our customers to specify where they will wear the waistband of their kilt. This is quite different from other kiltmakers.If you look in a mirror at the waistband of a pair of jeans you will see that the front is significantly lower than it is in the back. This difference is called slope. In general, the lower you wear the waist of your kilt and the more stomach you have the more slope will be evident. By including slope in our measurement system we insure that the apron of your kilt will hang properly. Other companies charge extra for sloping the aprons. We feel that a proper fitting kilt should not have a large pucker or bulge in the aprons just because slope was not accounted for.