--> Measurement Guide – Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers

Measurement Guide



Waist A neat measure around the natural waist (approx. 1" above the naval)

Hip -  Loose measure taken around the widest art of the seat. On average, there is a 6" difference between the waist measurement and the hip measurement.  If your hip measurement is 46" or above you will need a 9 yard kilt to get the right amount of pleats and a good pleat depth. The extra yard and sewing of extra pleats adds £100.

Length - From the belly button to the mid knee.  We advice you have some one do this measurement for you, as you need to stand up straight, don't look down. 

All packages and prices are for a 8 yard kilt, if you need a 9 yard kilt you add £100 for the extra yard. Please take this into account when looking at our kilt prices. 



We do two styles of trews - Military which sits where a kilt does at the belly button, is worn with braces and has a fish tail back. Argyll style trews are like suit trousers and sit lower on the waist. All trews have a french bearer and are 3/4 lined inside at the front 

You need to let us know if you wish for side adjusters or belt loops,   straight pockets or slanted pockets, button fly or zip fly and if you wish for back right hand hip pocket or left hand hip pocket, both or none. 

Waist measure- For military the measure needs to be at the belly button and a measure close to the skin.  For Argyll trews it is a lower measure where your normal trousers would sit. 

Hip measure - a loose measure at the widest part of your seat to allow yourself to sit but not too loose. 

Outside leg- Measure from where you measured your waist down to how long you want the trews to be.  We advice you ask some one to help you with this measure as you must stand up straight, don't look down.  

Inside leg - Pull your trouser up nice and neat and measure the inside leg to how long you want it to be.  Their should be a 10" difference in this measurement to the outside leg. 

Thigh - A loose measure at the thigh. 

Calf - measure around the bottom of the leg, think about how wide you would like the trews to be at the bottom.  If you wish for it to be normal it is normally around a 17"-16" measure, if you want slim it is normally around a 16"-15" depending on how slim fit you wish it to be.


Bespoke Jacket :

Chest - Measure around the chest. 

Waist - To the skin but not tight. 

Seat - Measure the biggest area of your seat. 

Length - Measure from the bottom of your neck at the back to the length you wish for.  Think about whether you wish to wear your jacket with a kilt or normal trousers. For a kilt length it is a lot shorted and stops around 5" down from the base of the spine.  For a jacket not worn with a kilt you can have it any length you think looks good. 

Half back - Measure from the middle of your spine at shoulder blade level across to your shoulder. 

Crown to cuff - From the middle of the shoulder to the top of the thumb joint.  Please measure both right and left arm (it can some times vary, don't worry it is normal). Arm length is normally around 23"-26" depending on your height of person. 


Bespoke Waistcoat : 

Chest - Measure around the chest. 

Waist - To the skin but not too tight. 

Waistcoat opening - Measure from the middle of the back of your neck (nape) to were you want the front opening to be.  Think about how much of your tie you wish to be seen. 

Nape to point - Measure from the middle of the back of your neck (nape) round your shoulder and down to the length of waistcoat you want at the front to the end of the point.  

Waist coats are hard to measure, if you are having problems measuring yourself you can have local tailor do the measure for you, they may charge a small fee.  


If you need any further advice please give us a email, we are happy to help.  All sizes are checked over by us, if any sizes are unusual we will give you an email to double check to make sure your item is right for you.