How to Wear the Highland Secrets' Great Kilt
This kilt comes as one piece of fabric that has
been pre-pleated and has an enclosed belt channeled into the fabric.
Holding onto the belt section ( not the belt ends itself ) notice
that one side hangs shorter than the other. The shorter part will
form the kilt part, while the longer section will form the plaid
which drapes over your shoulder.
1) Begin by locating the belt channel which encloses
the belt. You will see that the ends of the belt are protruding
out of the channel. Have the fabric that has both the short and
the long section facing you, and then flip the short section over
the belt channel, covering over the channel.
2) Now, with the short ( pleated ) section facing
towards you, hold the garment at arms length along the belt channel
( not the belt ends itself ). Wrap this pleated section around
your waist so that the short pleated section is centered in the
back. Now with the pleated section encircling your waist, hold
onto each end of the belt enclosure in front of your waist.
3) Next, hold the kilt at your waist with one hand
and with the other hand, pick up the entire outer layer of fabric
behind you and pull it up over your shoulders and head ( you will
need to switch hands to achieve this ). Now with each hand, reach
around to the side and back of you, checking that the belt is
laying flat, straight, and smooth in its channel around your entire
waist. Then, ( while still holding fabric at your waist ) drop
the fabric from your shoulders and head, letting it drape to your
4) While holding the fabric at your waist with your
left hand, reach down with your right hand and grab the corner
of the fabric that is next to your right ankle, bringing it up
and around the back of you, draping it over your right shoulder.
Switch hands at your waist, and do the same with the corner of
fabric next to your left ankle, draping it too around the back
of you and over your left shoulder. Now hold the kilt at your
waist with both hands. This step gets the plaid section out of
the way so you can finish and tie the kilt section.
5) The front part of the kilt that is not pleated
and is called the "apron". To create this part take both hands
and open the front of the garment at your waist while pressing
your elbows tight to your side ( to help hold the kilt to your
waist. ) Now with your right hand, find the edge of the fabric
on that right hand side, and bring it across your abdomen to your
left hip, while continually adjusting the fabric until you have
created a straight, and level hemline at your knees. With your
left elbow holding this part in place, take your left hand and
find the edge of the fabric on that side and cross it over the
first layer, to your right hip, making the same adjustments, having
it align at the knee. Your elbows should be holding the kilt in
place at your waist. The ends of the belt will now appear. Buckle
( or tie ) the belt, and again adjust the apron which should be
straight and smooth. Take a deep breath, relax, you're almost
6) Let the fabric which has been draped over your
shoulder, drop down. Then with your right hand, pick up the lower
right front corner of this garment at your ankle and bring it
up in front of you to your left shoulder. Then with your left
hand, reach behind you and grab the bottom of the fabric that
is closest to the center, and bring it up and over your left shoulder,
joining it with the piece in front. Overlap these two pieces,
and connect them with a Penannular ( kilt pin, brooch ). There
will be a loose end corner of fabric hanging at your left side.
If it hangs below the kilt, tuck it in at the back of the waist.
This piece of fabric will vary in length depending on where you
take up the fabric at the back of you.
Replacing the cloth belt with you're your own sturdy
belt, is recommended.
The plaid part of the Great Kilt may also be worn
as a cape in inclement weather by taking the entire back of the
fabric and lifting it over your shoulders and pinning it, or tucking
the plaid around your waist in extremely warm weather, instead
of following step #6.