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The Art of Kiltmaking

Kiltmaker and award-winning educator Barbara Tewksbury has teamed up with legendary kiltmaker Elsie Stuehmeyer to bring you a book that teaches the traditional kiltmaking methods that Elsie learned 50 years ago as an apprentice and kiltmaker with the renowned firm Thomas Gordon's of Glasgow. 142 pages with over 70 color illustrations and over 200 black and white line drawings and photographs thorough, well-explained instructions for every step. Clear, large, and complete illustrations for every step. Open book lies flat for easy reference.

The instructions in this book are complete, detailed, and beautifully illustrated. With them, anyone can be confident of making a properly-made kilt that will look beautiful, fit perfectly, and last a lifetime - at a fraction of the cost of a custom-made kilt.
Book chapters include:
  • a brief history of kilts and tartan
  • evaluating an existing kilt for fit and workmanship
  • understanding tartan weave, sett, symmetry, and tartan types
  • understanding the structure of a kilt, including the relationships among sett size, pleat size, pleat depth, number of pleats, and kilt size
  • preparing to make a kilt, including tartan selection and taking measurements
  • laying out the kilt and marking the tartan, including detailed instructions for marking tartan for pleating to the sett and pleating to the stripe
  • preparing to sew the kilt, including determining pleat size
  • sewing the kilt, including thorough explanations and copious illustrations for each and every step from pleating to lining
  • wearing a kilt properly
  • taking care of a kilt, including re-pressing properly
  • altering the length and size of a kilt
Appendices include:
  • glossary of terms and stitches
  • examples of splitting measurements between apron and pleats
  • adding a hidden (growth) pleat
  • constructing a self-color kilt
  • evaluating and marking asymmetric tartan
  • a list of tartan sources and suppliers

A great book to have!

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