New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.
-Mark Twain-

My new years resolution is the same every year and I always keep it. It is "I resolve to make no New Years resolution". -tom swaim-

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Old Fools Journal: New Kilt

This post falls under the rule of "Say what you'll do then do what you say" because I can't really see why anyone would be interested in yet another homemade kilt. There is only so much you can say about them but I said I would so here it is.

This one is woven flannel because I really like the feel of woven flannel against my skin summer or winter. I don't care much for the cheaper printed flannel. This is called shirting flannel. I got it on sale so there is about $2.50 USD here. The apron and under apron are 1/3 my waist measurement and there are fifteen 2 1/4 inch knife pleats and one reverse pleat. It is considered a casual contemporary kilt as opposed to what is considered a traditional kilt however what is traditional is anybody's guess. There is 4 yards of material in this one and 10 inches of that is in the pocket. This stuff is easy to cut and sew except that when putting on the waist band it has a tendency to creep when machine sewing. If I were making it for someone else I would have to learn to control that but since I'm not I think I'll leave that frustration for another time.

It is held closed with Velcro so it is easy on and off as a lounging kilt should be. I have it folded here to show the pleats and the single cargo pocket. The pocket is held on with safety pins temporarily until I decide exact placement.

Flannel is not a good material for a kilt because the softness that I like about it also makes it not hold a pleat well. I don't really care as it will be used around the house and yard. When it is freshly pressed I would not be ashamed to be seen in it anywhere.

I have enough material left to make a shirt but I have a lifetime supply of shirts. I could make some shorts but I have a lifetime supply of them as well. I think in a temperate climate that a well dressed man needs only one kilt, one pair of shorts, one pair of long pants, one jacket, one cap or hat, two shirts, two pair of socks ( Ideally one should live where socks are unnecessary) and one towel. The shorts and long pants are really just a luxury as the kilt can take the place of both. The only real reason for more is because it's cold. All else is vanity.

When I was living on my boat further south I limited my self most of the year to one pair of shorts, one shirt and one towel. Made laundry easy.

If more detail is desired just ask.

5 comments:

Big Oak said...

You know, I saw a man, about 30ish, wearing a kilt not more than 20 minutes ago in the grocery store. His was solid black. He looked quite comfortable.

Oldfool said...

Black is a popular color for a contemporary kilt.
I'm sure he was quite comfortable if he has overcome the attention it brings. If men in the western world knew just how physically comfortable they would be a lot more popular. From an engineering standpoint trousers for men just don't make sense.
I live in southern American redneck country and would actually fear for my life if I wore a kilt out in public here. I do wear one at home and that means out on the property. Neighbors don't pay attention to me anymore and most of the kids know what it is and accept it readily. Some rock bands have made them aware.

I did get a serious double take from the substitute postman the other day.

I am not fanatical about it. I spent a couple of hours being drug behind a self propelled lawn mower today and for that I prefer shorts. Yesterday I finished he tin roof on my new shed and I preferred shorts for that as well mostly for the pockets. I use a tool apron but I still need pockets when up on a ladder.

Big Oak said...

When I lived in northern Wisconsin I new a guy who wore women's skirts. He also wore women's shoes out in public. While I respect his right to do that, it was not a pretty site. I admired his guts, though. The man I saw yesterday looked very comfortable, and I envied the courage he had to wear his kilt. I live in a very conservative area also and work closely with a lot of farmers. Word would spread like wildfire if I wore a kilt in public. That's too bad.

Little Spoon said...

Yay for kilts! One of these days I will own one. I'm all kinds of envious that you not only have some but can actually make one!

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