Tailored to perfection from the finest 13 or 16 oz wool woven in the UK, the USA Kilts Premier 8 Yard kilt is our top of the line model. Our 8 Yard Kilt is a very versatile garment as it can be dressed down just as easily as it can be dressed up. It will look good in both a casual setting, like festivals or the pub, and a formal setting, like a wedding. For a full list of detailed product specs, please click on the "Product Specs" tab below.
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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- Outstanding Product! Edward
Price Value QualityI waited. I saved. Finally I made my order. Absolutely no regrets! This kilt has been a 'bucket list' item for me for many years. There was a surcharge based on the mill but I didn't care. Having a top of the line kilt in my own family tartan is special. The attention to detail, the embossed belts, the perfection of the kilt has to be seen to believe. I would recommend this product with no reservations. (Posted on 10/23/2019)
- Traditional 8 Yard Wool Kilt Robert
Price Value Qualityi can't put into words how happy i am about my resent purchase, but i'll try. The quality of materials and attention to detail are second to none. The fit is perfect; wore it over the weekend doing some work in and around the house and playing with the dog in the backyard and the kilt remained in place. Happy i measured several times before placing my order. This kilt looks and feels like it can take a beating (not that i would consider abusing it, unless absolutely necessary). In Scotland kilts are passed on through the family as heirlooms because they are well made and long lasting. So is my new USA Kilt Traditional 8 Yard Wool. Maybe some day my son will wear this very kilt with the same pride of the tartan and confidence that it was made by the great people at USA Kilts. (Posted on 10/7/2019)
- Beyond thrilled JD
Value Quality PriceI am now (finally) the proud owner of my very own kilt. I purchases this for official use with my agency's Honor Guard and I couldn't be happier. In fact one of the other members is talking about ordering one as well and I immediately told him USA Kilts would be the supplier I'd use again without hesitation. The craftsmanship is obvious and this kilt is gorgeous. It was done and in my hands in about half the time they estimated it would take to complete and ship. They even sent the scrap fabric with it so I can have another set of flashes made or a couple other ideas I've got going on in my noggin. Truly an excellent product and one I can see is going last my lifetime. Thank you USA Kilts. (Posted on 9/28/2019)
- Elegant crafting and beautiful – your patience will be rewarded! Mark
Price Value QualityI’ve thought about getting a more formal traditional kilt for years but kept putting it off. In quick succession I ordered a PV Casual, 5 yard, and 8 yard premier from USA Kilts. I am more than pleased with the exceptional customer service and care they take with customers. Lucas called me to clarify measurements and answered all my emails promptly. As for the 8-yard premier, Mac is a absolute craftsman, the pleats are crisp, the stitching is hidden – you can’t even see the belt loops and the fit is perfect. I went with a 13oz Red Robertson Modern and while it took a while to arrive the end result is well worth the wait. Thank you USA Kilts. (Posted on 7/30/2019)
- Fantastic kilt. Chris
Quality Price ValueI've wanted a kilt for several decades and my wife finally said get one. I shopped around online (US & Scotland) and felt that USA Kilts was my best option. My 8yd Premier in Hamilton Red Modern pleated to the stripe (regimental) is beautiful. Mac did a perfect job of aligning the stripes. I've worn it a couple of times with the Grey Braemar Jacket & Vest and received many complements. Everybody thought the kilt was made in Scotland. I explained that USA Kilts in the Philadelphia area is as good or better. The service was great & received the kilt several weeks earlier than I expected. (Posted on 7/26/2019)
- Worth Every Dollar Scott S
Price Value QualityAnother great product from Rocky and crew. This is my 6th kilt from US Kilts and definitely won't be my last. Great service, price and delivery. Arrived super fast and very pleased. Order one now! (Posted on 3/23/2019)
- Beautiful kilt! I am so pleased with it. Jim
Price Value QualityI am very pleased with all aspects of my new kilt. The workmanship and attention to detail are outstanding. Although the website stated that it take 8-10 weeks for my kilt arrive, it actually only took 3 week. A very pleasant surprise! (Posted on 2/15/2019)
- A work of art Aodhàn Crawford
Price Value QualityFinally decided it was time to order a new kilt, my old kilt had served me for almost 15 years and was just not cutting it anymore. I can only say that I wish I had ordered this kilt years ago it has exceeded my expectations in every way. Truth be told I was in a debate between the 5 yard and the 8 and i ordered it pleated to the stripe i am beyond impressed and overjoyed at the quality of the piece. It arrived well packaged, with a storage breathable fabric bag as well as excess tartan left over that I can use to send in for new custom hose as well as various other projects. This kilt is a higher quality than my older one, that I paid quite a bit more for.... As far as price... They're not charging enough for the work that went into making this, value.... This will last me at least 15 years so long as i take care of myself, quality on a scale of 1-10 it deserves an 11.
Unsure about this purchase? Don't be! This is the smartest investment you will make when it comes to a family tartan.
USA kilts has done it again, thank you is not enough for this brilliant piece of wearable art. (Posted on 2/5/2019)
- OUtstanding Bob Zamora
Price Value QualityI now have an 8 yard Premier and a 5 yard kilt. They are both beautiful but the Premier is flat out awesome. My email questions were handled quickly and professionally. Shipping was perfect and my 8 yard kilt came in two month earlier than I expected. I have also purchased pins, sporrans and other goods. Same day shipping. Hats off to Mac and Brendan my kilt makers. I'm very pleased. (Posted on 11/2/2018)
- Excellent construction Ed S.
Value Quality PriceI just received my Premier 8-yard kilt, my second kilt from Rocky (that should be an indication). I chose the stripe or regimental pleat and the care taken to match the pattern is outstanding. I will wear it proudly. (Posted on 9/15/2018)
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Question: My tartan is available in 13 AND 16 oz cloth... which should I get?
The weight of the cloth is a personal preference. 13 oz cloth is considered "Medium Weight" while 16 oz is considered "Heavy Weight". While they will both make a very nice kilt, which weight you want is a matter of taste. We would ask you to consider your environment... If you're the type of person who is always 'warm', live in a hot / humid climate or will be wearing your kilt most often outdoors during the summer, then we'd suggest the 13 oz cloth. If you are always cool, live in a cool climate (Canada or northern USA), or will be wearing the kilt indoors most of the time, a 16 oz kilt may be right for you.
Question: Why are there so many / so few choices for my name?
Our wool tartan gallery shows you every stock tartan from every mill in the UK. We want to make sure our customers can weigh all of their options before making a decision. We don't just use 1 mill or 2 mills for our cloth... we use the top 7 tartan mills in the UK (plus some smaller ones for custom weaves). This gives our customers the maximum number of tartan options we can provide.
Some clans have only 1 tartan or there may only be 1 mill that weaves a specific tartan. Larger clans may have DOZENS of tartan designs woven by multiple mills. All the options are shown in the "Tartans" gallery.
- 8 yards of wool cloth (9 yards for larger men)
- 13 or 16 oz wool cloth used
- Cloth woven in the UK
- Over 2500 tartans available
- 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
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USA Kilts’ premier kilt is the best 8-yard wool kilt for your highland wear collection.
We feel the difference between an ordinary men's dress kilt and an heirloom kilt is the attention to detail. We do not make our kilts on an assembly line. Your custom-made family kilt will be sewn, start to finish, by one of our on-staff kilt makers using tried and true techniques of the Scottish wool kilt tradition. What you get is an authentic traditional tartan kilt which will provide years and years of use.
We use only worsted wool kilt fabric sourced from UK mills. You can get any Scottish clan tartan kilt you desire. Need an Irish wool kilt? We can make any Irish County or family tartan. Want a quality traditional kilt but you’re not Scottish or Irish? We provide universal, district and fashion tartans as well as the complete range of Welsh family tartans. So if you are ready for a formal kilt, USA Kilts is ready for you.