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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- 8yd Top Stitched Kilt kenmhall1
Price Value QualityRecently received my 8yd top stitched kilt in my clan's tartan from the USA Kilts team. I must say, I love it! Soooo many compliments when wearing it. We ordered the 8yd kilt, flash, tie and fly plaid (along with an Argyll jacket & vest combo). Also ordered the mini-kilt, sash and shawl for the wife. Everything was of exceptional quality and USA Kilts was a PLEASURE to work with, especially after I was such a PITA and kept emailing him to add this and that to the order. I will definitely be recommending him to everyone that asks about my kilt!
Thanks again, guys (& gals)! (Posted on 2/28/2016)
- Superb craftsmanship Lamont Clan James
Price Value QualityI'm a little hesitant to write a review so positive but the quality is truly high. I have literally gone over this kilt from edge to selvage edge and can not find a fault or unfinished stitch. I can't believe that they were able to get this thing out the door in less than 3 weeks! (Posted on 1/18/2016)
- Incredible Product Scott S.
Quality Price ValueAbsolutely love my new kilt. By far the best quality and finished product for the money. Received sooner than promised and can't say enough about customer service and overall quality. Already thinking about my next kilt I will buy from USA Kilts and crew... (Posted on 12/11/2015)
- Top stitched kilt is top shelf Jersey Piper
Quality Price ValuePlaced an order for a County Wexford kilt to replace my existing kilt and couldn't be happier. Speedy delivery, quality product, and money well spent. (Posted on 12/3/2015)
- 8 YRD Kilt S. O'Connor
Value Quality PriceExtremely well made, using the best material. I had several questions along the way and Rocky & his team took time to make sure I knew everything. (Posted on 10/6/2015)
- Awesome Kilt Rich
Quality Price ValueI purchased the Law Enforcement Memorial tartan in the eight yard top stitched kilt, and I am very impressed with the workmanship and quality of the finished product. The blue is a bit darker than what appeared on my computer, but it is still a very beautiful kilt. Caution: When Rocky says to take the waist measurement snugly, he means snugly. I apparently did not, and I use the last hole on the strap to get a comfortable fit. However, I am assured that this will be an easy fix if I continue to lose weight. Rocky and his staff very patiently answered all my questions and concerns both before and after ordering. This retired police officer will be wearing this kilt with pride. (Posted on 8/29/2015)
- Perfect kilt with excellent customer service. Perfection
Price Value QualityMy kilt is perfect. Excellent craftsmanship equalled only by the amazing customer service. I highly recommend USA Kilts; the only place I'll go for any future kilt needs. (Posted on 8/23/2015)
- Superb Service AJ
Quality Price ValueExcellently made product. Fit perfect. Service superb. (Posted on 6/12/2015)
- Top stitched 8 yard kilt Tim671
Price Value QualityI recently purchased the top stitched 8 yard Law Enforcement Memorial kilt and it is outstanding. It fits perfectly and is a beautiful piece of workmanship. Thank you for your fast and efficient serviced!
(Posted on 4/7/2015)
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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!