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post #1 of 13 Old Jul 18th, 2007, 11:27 pm Thread Starter
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Howdy our overseas friends.

I'm looking for something for my son. He is looking for material to create a "full kilt"...

I litterally laughed outloud at the costs they are asking for some of these blends/weaves.

Is this for real or is this just "gouging" of the "internet tourists"?

Please PM with your input... or post here...

"Thanks" in advance.

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post #2 of 13 Old Jul 19th, 2007, 12:33 am
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Uhhh.... what kind of prices are they quoting? A full dress kilt is not cheap, I rented one for a wedding once and it was almost $300. I asked what it would cost to buy the whole things (full dress kilt, dress jacket and shirt, sporan,etc.) and the guy told me they can get as high as $3500. This was over 10 years ago.

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What Tartan do you want? there are many different ones, or is it just for fun and not bothered by the colour.

http://www.scotch-corner.co.uk/tarta...cfm?items=4593

If you can't order what you need, drop me a line and I'll see how I can help.

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Where do you think the phrase

the full 9 yards came from. Good kilts are not cheap but there is a lot of material and labour involved. My wifes friend used to make kilts so if you have any questions let me know and I am sure I can do something about material if you let me know what you want. Wonder if my kilt still fits me?

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the full 9 yards came from. Wonder if my kilt still fits me?
Don't wrap so much of it round yourself, unless you now have a 27 foot waist you should be OK.

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I was in Scotland several years ago and wanted to buy one - 'til I saw the price. Geez, by the time you get the kilt, the bag, the socks, it really adds up. The real things are really nice.


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Originally, Kilts were used as both clothing and bedding, that is where the design comes from.
If you want a Great Kilt, you can with very little money really, get a length of tartan and then with a belt and a pin clasp wear it in what is the most traditional way. It's probably not as nice for a wedding or funeral as the tailored ones you have to buy, but historically is accurate.

Try these websites for some options:
http://www.phouka.com/kilts/kilt_wrap.html

http://www.sportkilt.com/

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][/b]Where do you think the phrase the full 9 yards came from.
I always thought it was from ammo belts on machine guns, but evidently, it's something to do with the size of concrete mixers - it's on the internet, so it must be true ( ).

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Or, if you're out doing some roofing or cutting lumber, those fancy dress-up models just won't do. You need the Utilikilt.

They even make a leather model for the "biker" set.

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Great info, guys! I'll give the thread a proper reading tonight...

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I rented one about 4 years ago to get married in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rented it here and took it with us. Your son might want to check with some of these rental agencies to see what they would charge to sell a used kilt. Could be pretty reasonable.

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Thanks, guys... all good stuff..

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I have two kilts - one came brand new from a theatrical rental agency for the princely sum of 25 (that's about $55 today) and the other was used from a rental shop in Glasgow - 35. The sporran cost more! Check online, and that auction site...
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