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A proper Scotish kilt

Burdastyle Tartan kilt

In the summer of 2013 we did a two week trip to Britain. Starting in the south with Brighton and then finishing off in Edinburgh. But the absolute highlight of the trip was hiring a narrow boat for a week which is an adventure I will save for another blog post.

Burdastyle Tartan kilt

In Edinburgh I visited The Tartan Weaving Mill which is huge tourist trap with a strange combination of a working tartan mill, a fabric and garment shop and a trinket souvenir place. The selection of tartan fabrics is HUGE – really a fabric lovers dream. I spent ages picking out the perfect one – I wanted a tartan pattern that felt contemporary and more fashion forward – some of the tartan colour patterns looks almost costumey. In the end I picked this blue greenish one, though don’t remember it’s heritage, this was two plus years ago after all. But I fell hard for the colour of this fabric and have not regretted my purchase.

Burdastyle Tartan kilt

I used an old pattern from a Burda magazine from 2004 or 2005. Glad I kept the magazine! This was the first time I did permanent pleats in wool and I am happy to report that the fabric has kept it’s shape pretty well, though the pleats are not as razor sharp as in ready to wear kilts. Maybe I was too careful when pressing, there seems to be fine line between getting the temperature hot enough yet avoiding getting the alarming smell of burnt hair!


  • Summer Flies
    September 7, 2015 at 4:36 am

    I noticed your skirt a few posts ago. It's a nice style and the colour is very contemporary. I think limiting the number of colours also makes it very modern.

    • Johanna
      September 7, 2015 at 5:30 am

      Thank you! Yes I agree, it connects more with current fashion. Nothing wrong with mixing a lot of colours, but for me it just felt too much 🙂


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