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View Poll Results: Do you prefer kilts pleated to Sett or Stripe?
To Sett ... so that the tartan pattern is preserved in the pleating 14 33.33%
To Stripe ... so that the same vertical line is centered on each pleat 26 61.90%
Indifferent/no opinion 2 4.76%
Voters: 42. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-02-2018, 07:23 AM   #1
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Default Kilt, pleat to Sett or Stripe?

Spurred by another recent post, I'm curious of people's personal preference of pleating in the kilt.

Most often, I see pipe band kilts, and I seem to see those kilts pleated to Stripe. Personally, I think that I find the stripes a bit jarring, but I'm a bit undecided, now that I think about it. According to what I read, stripe tends to be a military thing, while sett is considered more of a civilian approach. Otherwise, I read that it's somewhat of a matter of taste.

So there's my question to the collective ... what's YOUR taste, and why?

I think this is a good one for a poll.

Here's an image to help, if the term isn't widely known:

LEFT: Sett ... RIGHT: Stripe



Any input appreciated, thanks!

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Old 05-02-2018, 07:46 AM   #2
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Default Re: Kilt, pleat to Sett or Stripe?

I strongly prefer pleat to stripe. I think it's more aesthetically pleasing. I like seeing those horizontal lines in the back.

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Old 05-02-2018, 09:03 AM   #3
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Default Re: Kilt, pleat to Sett or Stripe?

Stripes for me. I think it gives the kilt a more interesting look, in fact two looks - the front will be different from the back. And if you and/or your kiltmaker is very creative in the design, you can kinda "hide" a colour under the pleats. So, for example, a kilt in MacPherson tartan can have the red colour become apparent only when the pleats moved. Quite pleasing IMHO.


(although I must say that in this particular case, it's not quite clear if the kilt is pleated to the blue or yellow stripe. But it's definitely not pleated to the sett)
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:05 AM   #4
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Default Re: Kilt, pleat to Sett or Stripe?

Think I'm becoming more swayed by stripe now. Ha!
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:14 AM   #5
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Default Re: Kilt, pleat to Sett or Stripe?

Sett sir. Softer look, dare I say, it has an air of sartorial elegance
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:33 AM   #6
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Default Re: Kilt, pleat to Sett or Stripe?

There was no option for "it depends" so I voted for stripe as that is usually my preference. I find it does depend on the tartan though. Tartans with a strongly contrasting pin stripe seem to look better pleated to stripe. Tartans without seem to look better pleated to sett.

Good luck with your choice,
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:43 AM   #7
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Default Re: Kilt, pleat to Sett or Stripe?

There should have been a fourth option of "It depends on the tartan"
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:33 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Roddy Livingstone View Post
There should have been a fourth option of "It depends on the tartan"
Ha ... yeah I'd never have even though it might depend on the tartan. Always learning something new!

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Old 05-02-2018, 10:39 AM   #9
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Default Re: Kilt, pleat to Sett or Stripe?

Being not at all military, I much prefer pleating to the sett. It shows all the colors in the tartan in a pleasing balance. Plus some of the ways tartans can be pleated to the stripe might set off migraines for some, I think. That first example below is one that could be overly stimulating for those with certain conditions.
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Old 05-02-2018, 11:59 AM   #10
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Default Re: Kilt, pleat to Sett or Stripe?

For most tartans I'd say to the stripe is far more interesting and breaks up what could be conceived as the monotony of the tartan; a front to back contrast is desirable and looks more dramatic when the kilts are a swingin'. Many tartans have more than one vertical stripe colour so there are many available combinations. Finally, it more succinctly identifies a kilt from a skirt, IMHO. Horses for courses, though...
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