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Making an X-Kilt for the hubby
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Date: 3/26/09 10:08 AM

About a month ago my DH asked me if I'd be willing to make him a twill kilt for him. He fell in love with the nice wool one that we got a year and a half ago. He doesn't like the one's he see's online.
I asked around the rennie community and they recomended a site called X marks the Scott. One of the men there perfected a "guy friendly" pattern/ directions to make one.
I plan on starting it April 5th. I would like to have it done by May 1st.

Would any of you like to take of the challange of making an x-Kilt or at least and X-Skirt?

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Date: 3/26/09 5:00 PM

What is an x kilt? I know what a Utilikilt is.

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Date: 3/26/09 5:12 PM

looks like the x-kilts have a big presence on the web, but I had not heard of them before either. I know kilts are catching on, even with men here in Utah, and if they can crack this conservative bastion, they'll be in Nordstrom soon!

ETA I think the difference may be in the pleats, knife versus box

www.stanford.edu/~ahebert/X-Kilt_MSword.doc
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Date: 3/27/09 9:26 AM

So this is what I found online -

OK, so what is this thing, the X-Kilt?

* It's made out of plain twill weave material, either solid color or camouflage
* It's not tartan (plaid)
* It has a narrow front apron (much like a "Utilikilt")
* It's box-pleated (not knife-pleated)
* It closes with Velcro
* It's easy to sew
* The materials will cost you about $30
* It will take you about 10-14 hours to sew it upů.meaning one week of evenings after work, or a weekend just going at it.
* You can wear it anywhere you'd wear a casual set of pants

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Date: 3/27/09 10:58 AM

From what the rennie community has told me is that they are the "Utila-kilts" you make yourself.

I think it would be a good way to practice your box pleating if anything. My DH wore a kilt for the Race for the cure last year. He was thinking if this worked out I could make him a pink one for the walk this fall.

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Date: 3/27/09 2:23 PM

Here is a link to the review of one I made a few years ago: Kilt

I plan to make another soon, the oldest of my hubbies is getting pretty worn. I would suggest using a poly/cotton twill instead of 100% cotton, that will make it more wash and wear. I'd be happy to join you in making one, but I won't be able to begin until probably late May as I am currently finishing my MBA degree.

Have fun!

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Date: 4/24/09 5:52 PM

Ok, so I'd said I would start the kilt on 4/5, but we got one of those unexpected bills and couldn't afford the fabric. Lord willing and the creek don't rise we are buying the fabric this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed. The hubby wants to wear it for casual Fridays here at the office. The higher ups OK'd ethnic dress on causual Fridays, so we will see what happens..........

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Date: 4/24/09 9:02 PM

I won't be making one, but I have enjoyed looking at them for lo, many years now, and I think one of the best reasons to make them yourself is that the commercial ones tend to skimp on the yardage. The truth is that using the whole eight yards makes the darned thing move much more gracefully. A skimpy kilt just looks kind of sad, like an impoverished apron.
-- Edited on 4/24/09 9:03 PM --

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Date: 4/25/09 4:09 AM

The only thing I would add is that the length is important too if you want a traditional look - no longer than mid knee and no shorter than the top of the kneecap!

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Date: 4/28/09 4:02 PM

We got the fabric this weekend. My DH is short and has said he wants an 18" kilt. It comes to the top of his knee. If he wants it he has to help me lay it out. I'm actually surprise the kilt is only 5 yards, but looks good. I'll keep you posted. Our washer died after I finished washing the fabric. Having clean every day clothing is more important than a kilt for the momment.

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