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Each Freedom Kilt is custom made to your specifications. To ensure a proper fit we have developed the following system. Please note that it is difficult to get accurate measurements by yourself. We suggest you have someone help you.
Look over the photos. Each measurement is lettered. You will need to enter these measurements into the formula to determine your size. Necessary tools include a flexible tape measure, or a carpenter’s tape measure, or a yardstick and something flexible to wrap around yourself such as a piece of webbing. You will also need a pencil and paper to record your measurements. When taking measurements, it is important to stand fully upright, as naturally as possible.
The Waist Size "A" will vary according to where you want the waistband to be. There are 3 waist positions - Low Rise, Mid Rise and High Rise. Do not be surprised if your measured waist size is 2 to 3 inches larger than your off-the-rack pants size. Record the measurement to the nearest inch and round up if necessary.
For Low Rise, the waistband of the kilt rides down over the hips, similar to where jeans are worn. To take this measurement, adjust the waistband of a pair of trousers or jeans until it is where you want the kilt waistband to be. Without a belt, wrap the tape measure around the waistband outside of the belt loops. The tape should be slightly loose and able to move from side to side.
For Mid Rise, the waistband rides on top of your hipbones. In the front the top of the waistband will be at, or slightly, below your navel. This measurement should be taken over a shirt. The tape should be snug but not tight.
For High Rise, the waistband is at your natural waist. This is usually about an inch above your navel. This measurement should be taken over a shirt, and the tape should fit comfortably into the hollow of your natural waist and should be just below your ribcage. The tape should be snug but not tight.
The Hip Size "B" is taken around the largest part of your hips. Wrap the tape measure around yourself, outside of a pair of trousers (remember to remove your wallet) so that it is fairly loose. You should be able to slide the tape from side to side. The measurement should be taken to the nearest inch, rounded up if necessary.
The length of your kilt - the Drop Length - is calculated with two height measurements: "C" and "D". The easiest way to get these measurements is to fasten a tape measure or yardstick to the corner of a wall or to a door frame. (Big numbers at the top) Stand so that the side seam of your trousers is against the wall and near the tape measure. Measurements should be taken to the nearest 1/4 inch. You will determine your Drop Length by subtracting "D" from "C". (See photo)
Measurement "C" is taken at the same place that you used for your Waist Size. Use a belt or a piece of webbing and wrap it around yourself and take the measurement from the top of the belt at your side seam.
For measurement "D" you need to determine where you want the hem of your kilt to be. Where you wear your hem is a matter of personal preference. However, if you are going to wear kilt hose we suggest that you take the measurement at the top of your knee. If you are going to wear boots and low socks, you may choose to take the measurement at the middle of your knee or even at the bottom of your knee. Most Contemporary Kilts are worn with the hem at mid-knee, but that is a new style, and many still prefer the Traditional top-of-knee hem. If you have shorter legs and a longer torso it sometimes looks better proportioned if you wear your hem at mid-knee.
Stand so that the side seam of your trousers is along the wall and near the tape measure. While bending down as little as possible (this is where a second person is helpful), read the measurement at the place you want your hem to be. The measurement should be taken to the nearest 1/4 inch.
The Fell Length is the distance between the waistband and the hips. The pleats in the fell portion of the kilt are tapered and sewn down. To find your Fell Length you need measurement "C" from the last step, and one additional measurement "E". An accurate fell measurement requires the assistance of another person.
To measure "E", stand facing away from the wall and back up until you just barely touch the wall near the tape measure. Read the tape where the widest or largest point of your butt touches the wall. Record the measurement to the nearest 1/4 inch.
To find your Fell Length, subtract measurement "E" from measurement "C".
The Front Slope and Rear Slope are important for a proper fitting kilt. No one’s waistband is perfectly straight and level; there is always a small difference between the front and back. You can observe this by looking at yourself sideways in a mirror, wearing a pair of jeans. Most men will see the waistband in the front lower than in the rear, more so on "Gentlemen of Substance". Without slope, the front of your kilt will develop a pucker or winkle in the front which is unsightly. To measure your Front Slope "F" and Rear Slope "G" you need measurement "C" and two other measurements -- "F" and "G". Accurate slope measurements require the assistance of another person.
Use a belt or a piece of webbing and wrap it around yourself as if you were going to take measurement "C". Stand facing the tape measure on the wall, and record the position of the top of the belt/webbing in the front. This is measurement "F". Then turn around and with your back to the tape measure, record the position of the top of the belt/webbing. This is measurement "G". Record these measurements to the nearest 1/4 inch.
To determine your Front Slope, subtract "C" from "F". This will give you a negative number.
To determine your Rear Slope, subtract "C" from "G". This will give you a positive number.