Before I start on the process of the kilt making, I would like to show finished shirts for Jamie. Both were made from exactly the same fabric but I dyed the pieces of the everyday shirt in white tea to give it a more worn look.
The shirts with stocks.
Now, to the great kilt.
First, a picture from an old book about the anatomy of the great kilt.
Here are some screenshots from Outlander.
The back view of great kilts.
I have managed to find just the right fabric for Jamie’s everyday kilt. However, as it was a print-on-demand fabric, the pattern is only on one side (the reverse side is white). Since great kilt needs to be reversible (both sides are visible), I had to come up with a solution. I folded the fabric lengthwise (1 meter is not enough for the kilt!). All kilts are made along the fabric, not across it, since the human-sized great kilts are something like 6 and more meters wide (as far as I understand, Jamie’s kilt in the film was 14 feet (4.2m) long)! Again, the original kilts don’t have finished edges (they have a frayed look). Since I had to make a reversible fabric, I machine-stitched both sides together and left the edges unfinished (a bit of white is showing but there is nothing I can do about it).
Once I got my large piece of fabric ready, I started doing pleats. I used a metal ruler to help me.
In human-sized kilts pleats are more frequent, but on a doll scale it had too much bulk, so I made fewer of them.
Another pleat is ready.
Once I did the pleats, I flattened them with a hot iron to make sure pleats stay and to reduce the bulk.
After that I decided to stitch the pleats in place to make it easy for taking off and putting on the kilt (in real life the pleats are kept in place only by the means of a belt – once a kilt is taken off, pleats will have to be gathered from scratch!).
Putting pins in to make sure pleats stay where they should be.
And the finished stitched kilt.
Now, it’s time to put it on the doll. The basic rule of putting a great kilt on is that the main part should be at a knee level. A belt goes underneath.
Then a person (doll in this case – headless still because the head hasn’t come back from the face-up yet) lies down on the spread kilt, wraps himself in it, buckles the belt and stands up. The upper part of the kilt will gracefully fall down.
Wrapping the right side first.
Then the left side.
The ends of the kilt can be tucked in on both sides to form pockets (and to be out of the way). They also can be draped on the shoulder, but I will show that when I get Jamie’s head!!
A view from the side.
And the back view.