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Measuring Guide: Kilt

Measuring for a kilt is just as important as great tailoring and a beautiful choice of tartan.
The following information will talk you through how to achieve the perfect measure in a few steps.
Our team of experts will then review your measurements and get in touch with you if more information is required.

Step One:
Identifying Your Body Shape

A well measured kilt looks fantastic on any shape or size!
First of all, it's important to identify your body shape - different shapes require slightly different measuring techniques to achieve the perfect fit.

Slimmer Frames

- Straight up and down
- Flat belly
- Narrow or promient hip bone

Average and Athletic Frames

- Shapely bum or thighs
- Less prominent hip bone
- Slight belly

Fuller Frames

- More prominent belly
- A flatter seat
- Less prominent hip bone


You may find you sit somewhere in between, in which case we recommend watching one or more of the following videos to gain as much information as possible that will suit you.
And remember, don't hesitate to get in touch from some extra help.

Step Two:
Watch & Learn

Select the video or videos which best reflect your body shape. These will talk you through how to achieve accurately the three measures required to tailor your kilt - the waist, hip and length.

Slimmer Frames

Top Tips:
- Waist:
Measure loosely so you can get your fingers between your waist and the tape, the tape should still be able to move around     the body
Feel for the very top of the hip bone and measure around here
- Hip:
Again this is a fairly loose measure, you will be able to get your fingers between your body and the tape

The hip refers to the widest point on the body in the hip region and, for most people, will be around the hip bone and bum
Try to visualise a kilt on you - you want the front apron to fall nice and flat
The hip measure must be at least 5 inches bigger than the waist measure - 5 inches is a minimum, yours may very well be more
- Length:
From the natural waist to the mid knee - you will need someone to help you!

Average and Athletic Frames

Top Tips:
- Waist:
Run your fingers down your side, pushing in firmly feeling for the top of the hip bone
Wrap the tape around the natural waist fairly firmly, ensuring it's tight enough to hit the small of the back
- Hip:
For some of this build, the bum may be the widest point, for others it may be as low as the thighs
If you have a slight belly, wrap the tape around your widest point and pull out as far the belly comes out to - this will mean the tape
runs loosely around the hip area but ensure the front apron of the kilt falls perfectly flat
The hip measure must be at least 5 inches bigger than the waist measure - 5 inches is a minimum, yours may very well be more
If the hip measure is 46 inches or more, you will require a 9 yard kilt (+£100)
- Length:
From the natural waist to the mid knee - you will need someone to help you!

Fuller Frames

Top Tips:
- Waist:
Firmly feel down your side, pushing in to feel for the natural waist sitting at the very top of the hip bone
Tightly wrap the tape around your waist ensuring it hits the small of your back
- Hip:
Find the widest point around your bum/hips and run the tape around here and pull out as far as the belly
The tape should end up pulled out inline with the belly and therefore the apron of the kilt will fall perfectly flat from the waist
The hip measure must be at least 5 inches bigger than the waist measure - 5 inches is a minimum, yours may very well be more
If the hip measure is 46 inches or more, you will require a 9 yard kilt (+£100)
- Length
:
From the natural waist to the mid knee - you will need someone to help you!

Step Three:
Triple Check

Every shape is slightly different but there are a few standards to keep in mind to help you.

Height Expected Length

5.6" to 5.7"

22" to 22.5"

5.8" to 5.9"

23" to 23.5"

5.10" to 5.11"

24" to 24.5"

6" to 6.2"

24.5" to 25.5"

6.3" to 6.4"

26" to 26.5"

6.5" to 6.7"

27" to 27.5"

- Waist and Hip: Although we require a minimum of a 5 inch difference to tailor the perfect kilt, don't be surprised if your difference is more than this. The average is about a 6 to 8 inch difference and can be much more on very athletic or fuller frames.

- Length: The table gives you an indication of expected lengths in regards to height (given in feet and inches). These are general and apply to most people, but not all. We may ask for clarification on your height and kilt length measure.

- 9 yard kilts: For hip measures 46 inches and above, an extra yard of cloth is required. This will improve the fit, look and swing of the kilt and allow for any alteration in the future.

Step Four:
Ordering Your Kilt

Once you are happy with your waist, hip and length measurements you are ready to begin ordering your kilt!
Our experts will then review your order in detail once it is submitted, and get in touch for any further clarification on measurements. Click here to order your GNK handmade kilt.