This kilt is tailored to the same standards of perfection as our Premier kilt, except we top stitch the pleats to speed up production. Our Top Stitched 8 Yard Kilt is a great option for customers looking for an 8 yard kilt who are on a bit of a budget. Since this model takes less time to produce than our Premier Kilt, we are able to offer a rush order option: You can get this 8 Yard Kilt within 3 weeks (additional charges apply). For a full list of detailed product specs, please click on the "Product Specs" tab below.
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.
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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- Emotional Jonathan
Price Value QualityThis was the second kilt I ordered from USA Kilts. But this one was the apex of my families research. I have family still living in Ireland, family who settled there after fleeing Scotland. So naturally my desire to represent 200+ years of love lineage was high. USA Kilts responded to emails containing questions I had specifically regarding my family to the best of their knowledge. I placed the order and a few weeks later it arrived. I unboxed it and laid it out. Immediately I was flooded with emotions. The weight of the tartan, the rich colors, the details and craftsmanship all collectively displayed right before me. Every single thing about this kilt is everything I would want in a kilt and more, (I spoke to a Scottish friend who is in Scotland and he took a gander at the website and said go for it!). The boys at USA kilts are serious purveyors of Kilt wear. My sincerest thanks to the staff that USA Kilts. (Posted on 9/6/2019)
- 8 yd Wool Kilt Jacques
Quality Price ValueFirst things first: thanks for the candies.
Ian could not have done a better job turning a few yards of tartan plaid into a wonderful kilt. The material is of very good quality and the fit is perfect.
Like this kilt so much i'm going to place an order for another one right now. (Posted on 9/3/2019)
- Awesome Kilt Michael
Value Quality PriceThe workmanship on the 8 yard kilt is impeccable. Absolutely beautiful. This is my first 8 yd kilt. Will not be my last. The guys at USA Kilts make it so much easier. Cannot say enough good things. Highly recommended. (Posted on 6/14/2019)
- Awesome Kilt Michael
Value Quality PriceThis kilt is absolutely stunning. By far exceeded all of my expectations. Well made. Quality made. Can't wait to order another. Highly recommended. (Posted on 5/30/2019)
- Fantastic garment Scott
Value Quality PriceMy first kilt and I wanted it in a specific tartan to my family clan and pleated to the sett. I waited 10 weeks to get it and nearly pulled my hair out waiting. It was as well made as I had hoped. Thanks to Ian for his outstanding workmanship. This is not my last kilt from Rocky and his staff. Great job USA Kilts. (Posted on 12/6/2018)
- Excellent quality Angus G
Price Value QualityI have had many kilts over the years and have yet to find ones of better quality than the ones from USA Kilts. The top stitched 8 yard is no exception. I have played in a pipe band that had many hand sewn kilts and many of them have fallen apart. The top machine stitch is very durable and is barely noticeable. The extra material at the top of the pleats has been properly cut away. This kilt is a great way to get in to a full 8 yard wool kilt and save a few dollars at the same time. (Posted on 11/6/2018)
- Fine craftsmanship and great team Skarðaborg
Value Quality PriceI own and have owned a few kilts, and they’ve always been made by great kilt makers in Scotland. Right after St. Patrick’s this year I decided to go with a kilt made right here in the USA, and used my piping money from our band’s rounds to have one made by USA Kilts. When I ordered, my tartan was out of stock….both here and in Scotland. I was going to have to wait on the mills. USA Kilts' team was awesome. When my tartan did come in from the mills after months of waiting, I was sent a truly fine hand crafted product. They kept me in the loop on my order all the way. The little things add up. Having ordered a few other items from them, I’ll say my orders are always quick and each package comes with a nice note... and candy I’d not seen since I was a kid. I’m already thinking about my next kilt from here and look forward to doing business with them again. I’m a picky guy and my wait paid off. Order from them and see their excellence yourself! (Posted on 10/18/2018)
- Outstanding product! Cole F.
Quality Price ValueThe kilt fits great, the pleats look sharp, length is right where I like it. The customer service can't be beat. I got exactly what I wanted, and more. (Posted on 5/17/2018)
- Top Notch Work on the Top Stitch Sean S
Price Value QualityExcellent quality and workmanship. Very durable - I'll end up in targets long before this kilt does! The stitching is spot on and barely noticeable.
Top Stitch vs. Premier Blind Stitch: I agonized over which of these to get (Premier is +$75), so bought both. Unless you're both a kilt and sewing/stitch work master, you and those around you are not going to see a significant difference. The type of stitch work does NOT impact the kilt's movement and both are stunning workmanship. If you want to save a little $$, go with this kilt. If you like to know you have THE best - and don't care if others know - go for the Premier. (Posted on 4/7/2018)
- I couldn't be happier. Jim P
Value Quality PriceI couldn't be happier. I ordered the cart before the horse, (ordering from USA kilts) all the necessary kilt accessories. After choosing my tartan I ordered my (American Heritage) kilt.
I have continued shopping USA kilts due to the high quality merchandise, great customer service, and vast knowledge of the Celtic tradition. (Posted on 7/24/2017)
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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. The options shown in the "Tartan Gallery" lists them all.
- 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
- Top Stitched (stitches visible on close inspection)
- .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 internal construction
- Internal horsehair canvas reinforcement
- 90% Machine Sewn / 10% Hand Sewn
- 3 top grade leather straps embossed with knot work and strong cast buckles
- 2 belt loops on back
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Looking for an 8-yard wool kilt for a fair price but top quality? Not an easy proposition, but USA Kilts has you covered. We are traditional kilt experts. We developed our top stitched 8 yard kilt to accomplish two things:
1. Save you some money on your highland dress purchase. We know a men's dress kilt is a serious investment.
2. Provide a formal kilt you can get in as little as three weeks, guaranteed. That means even if you need a wedding kilt in a hurry, we can help!
We put the same care and attention to detail into the top stitched kilt that we put into our premier kilt, so you know you are getting the very best. In fact, there is only one design difference between the two models. Can we make your clan tartan kilt or an Irish kilt? You bet!