FAQ

What is the process to purchase a kilt?

  1. Determine if you want a traditional kilt or a fashion/casual kilt?
  2. Research at least two companies and make sure you compare ?apples to apples?.
  3. Choose your tartan: Please contact MacIsaac Kiltmakers for assistance in choosing tartan.
  4. Solidify your position in the kilt maker?s schedule: Deposit required
  5. Provide your measurements to the kilt maker.
  6. MacIsaac Kiltmakers will contact you to explain your options for accessories.
  7. Invoice balance to be settled prior to shipment.

What is a traditional kilt?

A traditional kilt is a kilt made from Scottish worsted wool, using 8 yards of heavyweight tartan cloth, hand stitched, hand pleated, . A kilt made this way using traditional methods preserves the Scottish tradition and preserves the art of traditional kilt making.

There are several reasons why traditionalists prefer this type of kilt versus a light weight or a more casual kilt. It is no secret that a full 8 yard kilt will ?hang? and ?swing? better than the 5 yard kilt as the full 8 yards allows for deeper pleating at the back.

Traditionally, all kilts were fully hand stitched by kilt makers, which is a lengthy process, taking on average approximately 15 hours for one kilt. Customers have often commented on how great it makes them feel knowing that the hands of a kilt maker have hand-stitched their kilt. There is no doubt that, when compared, like for like, a hand stitched kilt is still superior in finish to a machine-stitched kilt. Even though the difference is not noticeable to the untrained eye the difference is still evident to people who understand the subtleties.

How do I care for my kilt?

MacIsaac Kiltmakers provides a complimentary Kilt Passport with every new kilt and in this passport are the details about who actually made the kilt, where it was made, for whom it was made, and when it was made?...information that will be very significant when this heirloom begins its journey down through the generations. This passport provides you space to document where and when you wear your kilt for the first times, and it also provides information on ?How to care for a kilt?. This is also very important to the ?newcomers? of the ?kilted? world.

How do I choose the right kilt outfit?

Highland Wear styles depend on the type of functions where you intend to wear your kilt. Kilt outfits are distinguished by the style of jacket worn, and although the kilt remains constant, the overall look of the entire outfit can take on a number of ?different looks?. The most common choices are the Prince Charlie jacket which is a more formal look, worn as evening wear or to 'black tie' occasions; or the Argylljacket which is semi-formal day or evening wear, and often thought of as more the equivalent of a two-piece suit or business attire.

The next difference between the outfits is the type of sporran worn with it. There are three main categories of sporrans: Full Dress sporrans, mainly worn with a formal Prince Charlie outfit; Semi-Dress sporrans, suitable for most occasions, perhaps with an Argyll jacket; and Daywear sporrans, which are less formal and can also be worn with an Argyll jacket, sweater, or an open neck shirt.

What is meant by the words ?High Quality??

High Quality is really left up to interpretation. Any company can say it, right! The following points represent some guidelines that most kilt makers would agree on when crafting a custom kilt.

  • Hand-sewn: Small, even, tight, hidden stitches
  • Custom made for maximum comfort and perfect fit
  • The finest worsted wool tartan from Scotland
  • Top Quality leather buckles and straps for adjustments
  • Meticulous Hand workmanship
  • A user-friendly and accurate measuring system

These are the areas where MacIsaac Kiltmakers have excelled and have built their business on. Our 100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee gives you the peace of mind that the above list is followed.