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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take for me to get my kilt?

To find out how long our current wait 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 fabric 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 kilt makers. Every Kilt we make is to each customers 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 completly 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 kiltmakers 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 preferances 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 whateve he wishes to do in his kilt.

How do your kilts differ from other kilts?

There are three major points of differance 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 Kiltmaker 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 with out 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 parrallel 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 kiltmaking 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 differance 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 includingslope 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.

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A History of the Kilt

A kilt is a comfortable, practical & fashionable male garment. It belongs to the family of Male Un-Bifurcated Garments (MUG's) That also include Sarong, Lava-Lava, Caftan & Aba's

Depending on which history book you read, the kilt originated in Scotland England or Ireland as an unstructured, multi-purpose garment sometime around the 16th century.

Traditionally, a kilt was simply a length of regionally distinctively woven cloth 5 or so feet wide & ranging from 10 to 20 ft. long. The wearer would lay the strip out and work in a series of gathers to form pleats until his belt could be slid underneath. He them lay down on it, cinched his belt around his waist and stood up. The length of the kilt below the waist could be varied depending on weather, activity level and personal preference. Worn long in winter, or short in summer, or when the wearer expected to be very active.

The remaining material above the waist was rolled or folded, tucked into the belt and could form pockets or cache bags. It could be pulled over the shoulders or head when cold or raining. At night you could let out the pleats roll up in it and use it like a sleeping blanket.

This incredibly versatile and adaptable garment remained one of those quaint garments worn by working people in out of the way parts of the world until the Victorian Era English court got Romance fever. Anything from an older and 'simpler' time took on an aura that bordered on hysteria, and Highlanders ofScotland and the American Indian were at the top of the list.

The kilt as we know it today, is a completely made-up garment. This is why the Contemporary Style Kilt with its non-tartan, wash and wear fabrics and cargo pockets is just as valid a garment as any other. The only things you need to ask yourself about your clothes are; Are they comfortable? Are they practical to my lifestyle? And do I look good wearing them. Here at Freedom Kilts we know the answers are YES! YES! And YES!!!

For more information on the kilt read:
"The Early History of the Kilt" by A.C. Newsome
or "Old Irish and Highland Dress" by H.F. McClintock

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Top Ten answers to "The Kilt Question"

What is worn under your kilt?
1. Why, shoes and socks, of course.
2. Why nothing is worn under my kilt. Everything under there is in perfect working order.
3. If you were a Lady you wouldn't ask. If you're not a Lady, you'll find out for yourself.
4. Lipstick.
5. Are you sure you want me to answer that question?
6. Nothing more than what God graced me with.
7. How warm are your hands?
8. Ah, well, can you see how long I wear my kilt?
9. Perhaps you should ask my Wife.
10.If I asked you the same question Maam, I could be arrested. What is the difference?

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Care & Feeding of your Freedom Kilt

At Freedom Kilts we try to produce a garment that will retain its good looks for years of everyday use. We choose our fabrics and fittings to be as durable and low maintenance as possible.

Our kilts are made from either a polyester/cotton blended twill (in the denim family) or 100% cotton twills and plain weaves. They are manufactured to be wash-and-wear, but to keep the kilt looking good over several years and repetitive washings, some care is required.

Your kilt should be machine washed in cold water on a gentle cycle with similar colors.

Any detergent can be used but we suggest a liquid detergent suitable for cold water.

You may dry your kilt in a machine but remember it is the tumbling action that causes shrinkage over time. Use a Cotton or Permanent Press setting and remove the kilt before the cycle has finished and while it is still slightly damp.

After laundering, hang your kilt with heavy-duty skirt or pants hangers.

Over time, the edges of the pleats will have a tendency to curl. This is normal for cotton fabrics. To remove the curl and return the crisp appearance, you can iron your kilt on a cotton or permanent press setting. Remember to lay out the pleats keeping the edges parallel and not flared like a fan. Alternately you can use a small steamer.

While the kilt is hanging, pass the steamer down the pleats allowing any wrinkles to fall out and smooth the pleat edges with your hand. A more casual appearance can be achieved by snapping each pleat by hand and then smoothing out any curls with your fingernail.

To store your kilt in the closet we suggest using two skirt or pants hangers. Fasten the buttons and hang from both the front and back waistbands.

This kilt is made from 100% wool, with pockets constructed of pre-washed polyester/cotton black fabric, and leather straps.We ship the kilt to you with the pleats basted.Carefully cut the basting at each pleat and remove it.Do not try to pull the basting thread through several pleats at the same time -- it can damage the wool.If your kilt gets dirty, and you feel you need to get it dry-cleaned, check to make sure that the cleaner you use is experienced with working with woolen kilts.This is particularly important when it comes to the pressing of the pleats.If you are unsure of the cleaner, ask him not to pressthe kilt, and do it yourself.Re-baste the pleats as they were when you received it so they are flat and straight.Then press down with an iron on a wool setting using a damp press cloth.It is the heat of the steam and the pressure that sets the pleat crease. Don't slide the iron over the pleats but press, pick up and re-position the iron and press again.You will need to press both on the right side and then, turning the kilt over, on the wrong side.To store the kilt we recommend it be hung using two skirt or pants hangers. You should fold it in half, with the apron edges together. Then clip the two skirt or pants hangers, one on the aprons and one on the pleats, then fold it in half again so the two hangers come together. This method will support your kilt while hanging so the pleats and aprons will remain wrinkle free.

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