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Old 01-15-2018, 05:32 AM   #1
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The band has added a drummer and three pipers this season and we will need plaids and kilts sewn. Fortunately we purchased a full bolt of 16 oz material last year. Can anyone recommend kilt makers in the USA to make kilts from our fabric?

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Old 01-15-2018, 09:41 AM   #2
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One of our local shops here in town. I haven't had a kilt made, but I had a wrap made for the wife this past holiday. Several in my band have had kilts made tho, some excellent work and great folks.

http://kiltshop.com/

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Old 01-15-2018, 11:10 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=BillS1;1322476]The band has added a drummer and three pipers this season and we will need plaids and kilts sewn. Fortunately we purchased a full bolt of 16 oz material last year. Can anyone recommend kilt makers in the USA to make kilts from our fabric?

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You might ask Roddy Maclellan pipemaker in Monroe NC for localized ideas....
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:39 AM   #4
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Many have come and gone from the Carolinas. Seems weird as there is a rich Scot / Irish tradition in these here parts.

To your question, I would imagine your best bet is J Higgins.

Another resource may be The Scottish Tartan Museum Shop in Franklin, NC.

Other than those, the Internet (Google) may be your best resource.
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Old 01-15-2018, 07:18 PM   #5
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USA Kilts in Pa. Near Philly, if i recall correctly. He (proprietor is Rocky Roeger) made my kilt.
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Old 01-17-2018, 05:48 AM   #6
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Hi,

Donna Willy does beautiful handmade kilts.

http://donnawillykilts.com/

I highly recommend her work.

All the best,

Ben
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Old 01-23-2018, 11:46 AM   #7
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I am hesitant to say this, but I cannot recommend J. Higgins.

They have changed the way they construct kilts, and in my opinion (and others I have talked to) they no longer make a proper kilt.

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Many have come and gone from the Carolinas. Seems weird as there is a rich Scot / Irish tradition in these here parts.

To your question, I would imagine your best bet is J Higgins.

Another resource may be The Scottish Tartan Museum Shop in Franklin, NC.

Other than those, the Internet (Google) may be your best resource.
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:22 PM   #8
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I am hesitant to say this, but I cannot recommend J. Higgins.

They have changed the way they construct kilts, and in my opinion (and others I have talked to) they no longer make a proper kilt.

I am glad to have the information. My experience with them was long ago.
Thank you.
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Old 01-24-2018, 05:38 AM   #9
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I am hesitant to say this, but I cannot recommend J. Higgins.

They have changed the way they construct kilts, and in my opinion (and others I have talked to) they no longer make a proper kilt.
That's interesting to hear. In what way did they change construction?

I do know what some kilts which have come from a respected source in Scotland arrived with machine-sewn pleats, though they were neatly done, sewn on the reverse then folded over, so that no stitching shows.

And I've seen kilts which lacked a proper stabiliser, or with a skimpy reverse pleat, lacking proper apron taper, and so forth. There are many shortcuts possible as I'm sure you know.

BTW our band ordered a couple kilts from Higgins a couple years ago and they were careful to make them match in perfectly with our existing kilts (same pleating, same part of the tartan centered on the front apron, same part of the tartan centered on the rear). I wear one, it seems to be a well made traditional kilt.
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The band has added a drummer and three pipers this season
First, congratulations on that!

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Fortunately we purchased a full bolt of 16 oz material last year.
So very wise! You'll never have the issue of ordering new kilts, and have them not match colours.

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Can anyone recommend kilt makers in the USA to make kilts from our fabric?
Right there in North Carolina is Wanda McSwain (in Columbus NC).

Her kilts are excellent fully traditional handsewn kilts, and she's one of the few people who does military-style box pleats, and for a reasonable price.

She's a bluegrass musician too, and you can find videos of her and her husband Kerry on YouTube.
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