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.
The Casual Kilt can either be worn at the "True Waist" (A) like a traditional kilt or at the "Jeans Waist" (B). 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 the number we use for your hip size. In most cases, it's about 4-6 inches larger than the waist measurement.
If possible, it’s best to take the length measurement wearing shorts and a form fitting t-shirt. There are 3 different ways to measure length:
1) With assistance
2) With bath towel assistance
3) 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 22" 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.
If the 22" 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 22" 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.
Once you have the top of the towel sitting at the top of where you want to wear the kilt and the bottom edge hitting the middle of your knee, measure the length of the folded towel from the top to the bottom. That will be your kilt length measurement.
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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- Time for another! FFJoe
Price Value QualityNine years ago, I ordered my first casual kilt. After joining the local FD post 9/11 and seeing the design that Kelly made to memorialize the FDNY, I had to get it in FF Memorial tartan with FF semi-dress sporran and axe kilt pin. Somehow the kilt suffered closet shrinkage, so it was time to order another. I love the tartan and the quality! I'll be back for FF Memorial semi-trad for summer and 8yd for winter kilts soon. Keep up the great work! (Posted on 2/26/2022)
- Beautiful tartan Bobby
Quality Price ValueI actually bought this kilt as an in stock kilt, though it wasn’t listed on the site and Derek helped me when the one I ordered was not in stock, he told me about this one so I bought it instead, and I am very pleased. The construction of the casual kilts are very well done, and this tartan is beautiful. Everyone who’s seen it on me really liked it. (Posted on 8/25/2020)
- Excellent Hutch
Quality Price ValueQuick turnaround, Great Kilt no problems there. Did come in great need of re-ironing all the creases though. The package it was shipped in was badly damaged but I do not see any damage to Kilt. Overall very pleased. (Posted on 3/20/2020)
- Firemen's Kilt is the bomb! Philip
Value Quality PriceGot the Firefighters Memorial Casual Kilt as a Christmas gift. I also got the Sporran and the Endrick Ghillie Brogues. all worn with great pride to Christmas Mass! I am going to have to learn how to keep those laces up!
(Posted on 12/26/2015)
- Great quality Scott Worsdale
Price Value QualityMy kilt arrived today, and I'm extremely impressed! This is my third kilt, but the first I've ordered from USA Kilts and I couldn't be happier with the product! The craftmanship is fantastic. This won't be my last order from your company! As a firefighter, I would like to thank you for designing and distributing this memorial kilt, I'll be spreading the word to all of the agencies in our area, you can expect more orders! (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Remarkable Workmanship Satisfied Sullivan
Quality Price ValueMy order showed up a week sooner than i expected. The staff was incredibly helpful and my kilt and accessories were perfectly tailored with quality materials (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Good John
Price Value QualityGiven the fact that there's no concealment of private parts under a kilt, I believe there should be something a little more reliable than velcro to hold the kilt up. At least one strap.
Very happy with the service of my exchange policy. Looking forward to the delivery of the new kilt, which replaces the casual one that I initially ordered. Thank you.
[NOTE FROM ADMIN - the velcro is heavy duty and very secure by itself. Also, when the casual kilt is worn with a belt, you literally can't rip it off without removing the belt.] (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Very Satisfied! Great Product! D Webster
Price Value QualityQuick turnaround from order to delivery. Lightweight material but not cheap by any means. The pleats looked amazing! Double velcro closures worked great. The kilts maiden voyage was piping in a 4th of July parade yesterday. I stayed cool and received many complements on the FF Memorial Tartan. All my band members wanted to know where I got the kilt. I spread the word about USA Kilts and the FF Tartan. Keep up the good work. (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
- 4 to 6 Yards of 12 oz. PV material woven in the UK
- Available in over 100 stock tartans
- Teflon® coated for stain resistance
- Low Pill™ technology
- Machine washable
- Holds a crisp pleat and is easy to iron
- Individually tailored to your measurements
- Top Stitched (stitches visible on close inspection)
- 1.5” Pleats
- “One thread margin of error” on lining up the pleats
- Tapering down the fell
- 100% Machine Sewn
- Reasonable, but slightly reduced “swing” due to yardage used
- Velcro Closure
- 3 belt loops (two on apron edges, one in the center back)
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