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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- COULDN'T BE MORE PLEASED Rick Bowman
Quality Price ValueMy new USA Kilt compares in every way with the kilt I had made in Edinburgh (Geoffrey the Kiltmaker) 36 years ago. I have to admit that I was a little concerned about not having the kiltmaker take the measurements and trusting this to my daughter. Rocky's measuring instructions were easily followed, and as a result, the fit is PERFECT!!!! I COULD NOT BE MORE PLEASED!! Equally impressive was the customer service and personal attention. There was a delay in production from the mill in Scotland, but I was advised of it's progress and kept informed. When the tartan did arrive from the mill the kilt was fabricated expeditiously. Rocky and his staff are great people to work with and are very personable. It is WITHOUT ANY RESERVATIION THAT I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT AND ENDORSE THIS BUSINESS.
LT COL L.R. BOWMAN, USAF, RET (Posted on 10/28/2014)
- Superior Garment IRISH
Price Value QualityI own not one, but two of USA Kilts' 8 yard Premier Kilts in two variations of my family tartan and quite simply, they are the finest and most versatile garments in my wardrobe. Over the years I have worn them to weddings, holiday dinners, church services, highland games, funerals, anniversary celebrations, the theatre, my children's school events, and a wide variety of casual, semi-formal and formal dinners and events.
Contrary to any popular misconception, these wool kilts are cool in the summer, warm in the winter and have an amazingly wide application to my existing wardrobe; I've worn them with t-shirts or ties, dress shoes or boots or even the full highland attire.
Everything about these kilts says "quality" and I will be just as proud to hand them down to my children as I am each and every time I strap them on myself and go out into the world dressed in the style these Premier kilts afford me. (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Blown Away Donnie Bee
Quality Price ValueThis is my first kilt, and I am overwhelmed by the quality. My dearest friends purchased it as an anniversary gift, and I am blown away with the fit, comfort and attention to every detail. I'm wearing it almost every day, and couldn't be happier. My kilt had a letter from Rocky which assured me that all I had to do was contact him if I had any concerns. Rocky, it is absolutely perfect! Thank you for doing such impeccable work. (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- A Great Experience Donald L.
Quality Price ValueThis is my first Kilt purchase from USA Kilts. My regret is that I did not know about them before I met them at a festival several years ago. I could not be more pleased with the kilt I picked up last Saturday. The quality of material, the manufacture and overall service has been fantastic. Want a great KILT? Get it from Rocky and Kelly and crew. They are the best!!! (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Outstanding product and service Citizen of Planet Earth
Price Value QualityI have the Premier 8-yard kilt. I wear it with a formal jacket or a casual shirt and it looks great. It is a solid, well-built product well worth the wait to acquire. This is not my first purchase from USAKilts and I've had the chance to talk to the staff several times about my orders and/or custom requests--always helpful, always friendly.
I also have a Custom PV kilt for more knock-around activities--again, USA kilts was great at helping me get it "just right".
Great company, great product, great people! (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Exceptional Quality and Workmanship Don J
Price Value QualityI recently received my custom woven tartan in a very difficult pattern. I was blown away by the quality of the weave and the fantastic craftsmanship in this premium kilt.
If you want an outstanding kilt in a hard to find tartan pattern, USA Kilts is the place to go. Their attitude is "can do" and I can't is not a word they know.
I'm constantly asked about my custom kilts and where can I get one. There is only one response to that and simply it is call or email USA Kilts for first rate service quality merchandise and products that you can be proud of.
Thank you Rocky and Kelly for all that you do for us Highlanders (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- AWESOME!!! Travis G.
Value Quality PriceReceived my Premier yesterday and it is amazing. The kilt is amazing and customer service was unbeatable. Thanks a million USA Kilts. I will definately be dealing with you in the near future when I am ready for a casual.
Sincerely, Travis G. (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Excellent Kilt Steve M.
Price Value QualityI just received my 8 yard premiere kilt (earlier than expected) and I'm thrilled with it. It's solid and well built with quality straps and buckles and the fit is dead on - it's very comfortable and looks great. Also, when I emailed Rocky with a question concerning fit (a week after I'd ordered the kilt) he responded within an hour. Excellent customer service and an excellent kilt. (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Thrilled over this kilt! Mikilt
Quality Price ValueWhat a great purchase! The fit is spot on. I am so glad that I got it pleated to the stripe. You did a truly excellent job. (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Several Years And Still Going Strong roguefox89
Quality Price ValueI absolutely love my Premier kilt! I ordered mine almost two years ago now and have been wearing it nearly once every few weeks through all climates of weather here in the Midwest states with no qualms in any scenario. The craftsmanship and materials are top notch! USA Kilts crew were wonderful to work with and I look forward to ordering from them again soon! (Posted on 10/14/2014)
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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)
- .6” - 1" Pleats (at bottom of fell / width depends on sett size & measurements given)
- “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.