This tartan was designed as a salute to firefighters, everywhere in the world, who are ready to sacrifice their lives everyday for the protection of others. It was also designed to memorialize those firefighters who have already made the ultimate sacrifice.
- The red background of the tartan represents fire and the fire trucks
- The black is in remembrance of those who have already made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty
- The green and gold represent the Irish community which has such strong ties with the organization and occupation of fire fighting
- And lastly, the three red lines in the middle of each square are: 3 red threads, 4 red threads, and 3 red threads – representing the 343 FDNY firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11/2001 – the largest amount of fire fighters who ever perished in a single day in the history of the United States.
A portion of all sales of these kilts will be donated to the Leary Firefighters Foundation and therefore this tartan is ONLY available through USA Kilts and may not be reproduced anywhere without the expressed written consent of USA Kilts.
This tartan was designed by: Kelly Stewart, USA Kilts, 2007. The name "Firefighters Memorial Tartan" and the tartan pattern itself are both ©2007 by USA Kilts
Measuring for your kilt: We would ask that you measure carefully for our kilts. Since these are custom made to fit the measurements provided, you will need to be sure of the exact sizing. We will not refund in the case of mistakes in measuring. Detailed measuring instructions can be found in the "Measuring Instructions" tab below this text.
A Traditional kilt is worn higher than your pants, just above the belly button (for larger customers, just above the WIDEST part of your belly). This is where the top of the kilt will sit.
DO NOT HOLD YOUR STOMACH IN. You’ll only going to get a kilt that's too small. Just relax and stand "at ease".
Make sure to use a good sewing tape measure. If you don't have a sewing tape measure, you can use a leather belt to measure. Wrap it around you, mark it and then lay it flat on a metal tape measure to get the measurement.
The tape measure should be snug – as snug as you will be wearing the kilt.
*Note: It will probably be 2 to 4 inches more than your pants size. This is common.
*TIP: BIG guys with large bellies may want to wear the kilt around the naval, as it gives a more flattering appearance.
With the same tape measure, measure around the absolute largest part of your rear.
Take this measurement a little LOOSELY. You should be able to slide a finger between the tape measure and your body when you measure.
This is your HIP measurement. In most cases, it's about 4-6 inches larger than the waist measurement.
If possible, it’s best to take this measurement wearing shorts and a form fitting shirt. There are 3 different ways to measure length:
1) With assistance
2) With bath towel assistance3) Without assistance
1) Length Measurement with assistance
Stand tall with your back straight. Do NOT look down or bend over as this will change the length measurement. Just stand tall and face forward.
Have the other person measure down the SIDE of your leg. On your side, put the "0" end of the tape measure at the top of where your kilt will be (the same height you took your waist measurement from). Measure from that point down the side of your body to the middle of your knee.
The number on the tape that is right where the bottom edge of the kilt will be is the length.
2) Length Measurement with bath towel assistance
Take a bath towel and FOLD IT so that it is 24" long.
Wear a pair of shorts, so you can see your knees and stand roughly 10 feet back from a full length mirror. Hold the towel up to your waist, putting the top of the towel at the spot you took the waist measurement… just above the belly button.
If the 24" length hits below your knee, shorten the towel by folding another inch or two, so that the bottom edge hits you square in the middle of the kneecap.
If the 24" length hits above your knee, lengthen the towel by unfolding an inch or two, so that the bottom edge hits you square in the middle of the kneecap.
3) Length measurement without assistance
Kneel on the floor with your back straight. You're going to measure down the SIDE of your leg to the floor.
From the top of where your kilt will be (the same height you took your waist measurement from), measure down the side of your body to the floor down the side of your leg. It's easier to put the "0" end of the tape measure barely touching the floor and the numbered end at the top.
SUBTRACT 1" FROM THIS MEASUREMENT to have the kilt sit at the middle of the knee.
Use the following chart for reference. These are typical height / length measurements.
If you need assistance measuring, please do not hesitate to contact us: 800.368.8633 or Rocky@USAKilts.com
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- Two Thumbs Up! William
Price Value QualityI ordered this kilt as a birthday present. Unfortunately, I ordered about a week late for it to arrive on time by the six week schedule. None the less, it arrived on time for the birthday without even asking that it be sped up!
The kilt fits perfectly, despite my concerns that my measurements may have been off a touch. The 13 oz. wool is a great weight for the summer in South Carolina. (Posted on 10/14/2014)
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Kelly's Motivation for creating the Firefighters Memorial Tartan:
Kelly has admired the profession of Firefighting for a long time. It is to her, the noblest of professions. Firefighters run into burning buildings when others are running out. They risk their lives to save others who they know nothing about. No matter what your job, gender or social status, they’re here to risk their lives to save yours.
Less than 2 weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Kelly visited ground zero in New York and was forever changed. There were piles of rubble and crumbled buildings all around and the white dust covered everything. The smell of drywall and death hung heavy in the air. In that moment, she reflected on the men and women who rushed into the towering infernos to save others. They rushed up the crowded stairwells, pushing through people coming down to find those trapped by rubble or hiding under desks. Many of those heroic men and women did not make it home to see their families that day.
She wanted to do something to show those individuals and ALL firefighters that what they do is important... more than any celebrity or sports figure celebrated in pop culture. She wanted to give back in a meaningful way, but didn’t know how. Then, one day in 2007, it came to her. She decided to create a tartan honoring ALL firefighters for what they do every day. The modest firefighters Kelly has spoken with tell her, they’re “just doing their job”. To her, they’re doing the most IMPORTANT job and deserve every ounce of credit and help that we can give back to them.
Kelly created the Firefighter’s Memorial Tartan as a way to raise money for firefighter’s charities. USA Kilts is donating 15% of every kilt made (that’s a majority of our labor costs per kilt) to the Leary Firefighters Foundation. Please note that we’re not “inflating the price” of these kilts... we are charging the standard price for our 5 Yard Wool kilts and Premier kilts and donating the money out of our own pockets.
To every firefighter (or family member of one) who reads this message, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We hope the money we donate helps to train and save the lives of those who are here to save ours.
Kelly Stewart & Rocky Roeger
Owners & Kiltmakers www.USAKilts.com
- 8 yards of wool cloth (9 yards for larger men)
- 13 or 16 oz wool cloth used
- Cloth woven in the UK
- Dry clean only
- Holds a crisp pleat and is easy to iron
- Individually tailored to your measurements
- Invisible stitching on the pleats (sewn inside out to hide stitches)
- .8” - 1" Pleats
- “One thread margin of error” on lining up the pleats
- Proper tapering down the fell to conform to body shape
- Ideal pleat “swing” due to yardage used
- Fully lined with cotton liner
- Internal steeking and proper construction
- Internal horsehair canvas reinforcement
- 80% Machine Sewn / 20% Hand Sewn
- 3 top grade leather straps embossed with knot work and strong cast buckles
- 2 belt loops on back