Murray of Atholl Ancient Kilt: Pleats Basted


Basting the pleats is one of the more gratifying steps in the kiltmaking process. When you’re sewing the pleats you certainly get a sense of how everything will look when finished, but because the fabric at the bottom of the kilt is floating free the the 8 yards of tartan in your lap tends to be an unwieldy mess. After basting everything is held in a tidy package and you can see how your finished pleats are going to look:

Photo of basted pleats

Not having been pressed yet the fabric between the stitches doesn’t lie flat and results in pleats looking off-centered or too skinny here and there, but I think it’s going to turn out pretty well.