Tuesday, January 14, 2014

K is for Kilt

I don't do a whole lot of sewing for the boys.  They're content to wear the same jeans and tee shirts over and over.  Not much scope for creativity.  But sometimes one comes up with an interesting request.  When the Caterpillar decided he'd like a kilt to wear with his Boy Scout uniform, I couldn't deny him.
Note:  A kilt is not part of any official Boy Scouts of America uniform, and the BSA has no official tartan.  But the Caterpillar has seen kilts in use at Scout events.  He wanted one that was similar to his Scout pants--green, with belt loops and useful pockets.
I mostly followed Uglymike's Cargo Kilt Instructable, and it went pretty well.  I sewed the pockets on just above the point where the pleats swing free.  I was happy to find snaps that matched the finish on the belt buckle--Smoke (Metal) from Snap Source.  Since the Caterpillar still has a noticeable waist, I added some adjustable elastic to help cinch the band evenly under the belt.  That went well, too, except that one end got in the way of one snap.  But under the belt, no one will know.

I finished sewing the kilt in September, I think, but the Caterpillar didn't have time to model it until Thanksgiving.  The one condition I set for sewing a kilt was that he must wear it--at least to his Eagle court of honor, and hopefully before that.  I planned to do this photo shoot somewhere neat, with boulders and a big flag, but he refused to leave our yard.  I began to have some doubts.  Was he not confident enough to wear a kilt in public?  He hasn't done that yet, but he did wear it the rest of the day on Thanksgiving.  Must be comfortable.  I'm sure he'll get it out again when it's warmer outside.

1 comment:

  1. Nice work. I like the old Scots tradition called "soaks" but then I have unsightly shins.