The fly plaid is the "cape looking piece of cloth" that goes over the left shoulder of the wearer. It is a simple square of cloth, typically 46" X 46", with fringed edges and a box pleat sewn in one corner.
The modern fly plaid originated with the traditional Féileadh Mòr (Great Plaid) worn in the Scottish Highlands. The Great Plaid was a large piece of cloth, which by the 16th century measured up to 8.2 metres (9.0 yards) in length, half of which was pleated and belted about the waist, while the upper half was draped over the left shoulder, was then gathered in front and could be used as a cloak and hood during inclement weather.
The fly plaid harkens back to that garment and was introduced in the 18th century when fashion dictated a switch to the modern kilt. The fly plaid replaced that portion of the Great Kilt that was draped over the shoulder. It is always worn in the same tartan or colour as the modern kilt, and should be made from the same fabric so that the sett and colours match exactly. It is typically worn only for formal functions and is paired with a jacket and vest and a plaid brooch.
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- Needed Matching Fly Plaid for my Recently Purchased 8 Yard Premium USA Kilt Carolina Celt
Price Value QualityI recently purchased a 8 yard Premium Kilt from USA Kilts in the Kennedy Modern Tartan in Lochcarron 16ounce to replace another kilt that was just not holding up.
The fly plaid is beautiful and will add that little bit of zing to formal occasions when I wear it. (Posted on 1/27/2023)
- Wool Plaid Fly MC
Price Value QualityPlaid matched my House if Edgar kilt perfectly and is of good quality. Came within time as advised and included a nice thank you! Will definitely use USA Kilts again. (Posted on 1/26/2023)
- Awesome product Catchtwotwo
Price Value QualityLove the quick delivery and quality of the Fly. It will nicely compliment my kilt at the wedding. Fiance’ was very pleased. (Posted on 12/30/2022)
- Great product Plaid fly
Price Value QualityGreat product, exactly as discribed, and delivered quickly (Posted on 10/21/2021)
- Even though I should have ordered the plaid with my kilt 2 years ago, I am happy to say it matches perfectly. Great job Plaid
Price Value QualityEven though I should have ordered the plaid with my kilt 2 years ago, I am happy to say it matches perfectly. Great job (Posted on 10/20/2021)
- Great product. . Lionsndragons
Price Value QualityLove it. Can't wait for an opportunity to wear it. Fast service and matches my kilt perfectly. (Posted on 8/18/2021)
- Excellent/Beautiful Dan
Value Quality PriceFirst Fly I have ever ordered, and this was separate from the kilt purchased from a different supplier 15 years ago. The tartan matched perfectly. Looks great. I think of it as a Superman cape. Thanks!! (Posted on 7/3/2021)
- Really nice Carver
Value Quality PriceNice addition to my kilt kit. Clean and sharp quality sewing. Good looking tartan. (Posted on 1/19/2021)
- Great plaid! Otto
Price Value QualityThis plaid was exactly what i was looking for! Thank you. I used it today as a neck wrap during a 6 mile hike in an ice storm. It kept me warm. (Posted on 1/1/2021)
- Tartan fly Janice
Quality Price ValueMy order arrived safe and sound. The tartan fly which I had ordered was every-thing I had hoped it would be and more. Very pleased. Great service. Will definitely order again. Thanks. (Posted on 4/8/2020)
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