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The Kilt College

Askival of Strathearn

Askival of Strathearn Kilt College

Askival of Strathearn Kilt College

The traditional tailored kilt – Passing down traditional bespoke  tailoring knowledge and skills

Learning to make the kilt could be a career choice or simply, a creative ambition.

What greater satisfaction could you have than watching a friend or family member looking resplendent in a kilt that you have handmade for them? How inspiring would it be to handcraft your own kilt to wear yourself?

Here at the Askival of Strathearn Studio, I run courses using the traditional tailoring processes and techniques as applied to kilt making. You will learn tailoring fundamentals and understand the construction of the kilt which will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in kilt making, restoration, and alteration.

The enthusiasm and excitement for every stage of the kilt creation process are highly infectious and makes each workshop memorable and a pleasure for everyone.

The studio is fully equipped with all equipment and materials required for the craft of the tailored kilt and the training of the craft.



Making an heirloom Little Kilt for 4 year old grandson


Making a beautiful kilt for her son












Visitors and groups up to 12 people are welcome by arrangement to visit the studio and discover the art of kilt making. I talk about the history of the kilt and the Highland attire, the tartans, and the construction of the kilt. There will be kilts in construction and finished to view.

Classes are open to all ages and abilities. Dates by arrangements. I aim to work with students to accommodate work life balance and location.

2 day introductory course – To begin with – I would love to know more about kilt making! Is this you?:

You need a lot more than 2 days to make a kilt so during these 2 days you will learn about the kilt, the tartan and its process and the techniques.

Using the kilt as a theme and demonstrating some of the main stitches and techniques used in the construction of the traditional kilt, you will produce a wonderful piece of work to take away and  proud of as a reminder and talking point.

The days runs from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., with a short break for lunch.
Cost: £125 for both days which includes tuition, the essential tartan, materials and use of equipment.

10 to 12 day introductory course: A  10 to 12 day course (including homework) for £600 per head for full one to one tuition, course folder and worksheets and the use of equipment.

Additional cost to purchase for an adult kilt – 8 to 9 yards of tartan, canvasses, lining, straps, buckles etc. approximately £150 to £280 depending on the choice of tartan. You can purchase any kilt making equipment that you want to keep.

In this time, you will aim to make the hand tailored traditional kilt that will be an heirloom. The 10 to 12 days can be arranged to suit circumstances and availability.

To provide the necessary continuous learning support, we also have masterclasses and an established learning set where kilt makers meet together, Skype, network, share best practice and inspire each other.
Masterclasses: £50 per day (10 am to 4.30pm). £20 per evening (7 to 9pm) £40 per afternoon (1pm to 4.30pm)
Learning set: £25 per day, £7 per evening (7 to 9pm)

Remote training/mentoring session by phone or Skype: £15 per 1/2 hour
All aspects of the kilt making process are covered – from taking measurements, planning and calculating the pleating, marking out, to the final press and finishing. There has to be personal coaching and therefore a workshop is limited to six people. To find out more about our kilt making workshops, master classes, or learning set call Marion on 07855 757790 or e-mail Marion at
Car parking and wheelchair access available.
Accommodation can be arranged for those from afar.

The Traditional Fringing for the Tartan Plaid, Stole, and Sash

The traditional fringing is a beautiful finish to the tartan garment and is becoming less common as the number of skilled people is diminishing and suppliers are more frequently offering a plain frayed finish. Would you like to learn how to create the fringing and keep the craft alive?
Go to “Other Askival Heirlooms” to see more details what you can make.
The workshops consists of learning two types of traditional fringing – the five knotted fringe and the purled fringe and the pipers plaid will include pleating. The number of days depend on the size of the project and your pace.
You can make a fly plaid, shawl or sash out of 100% wool tartan, 5 oz 100% tartan silk or other cloth you would prefer. You could even make a start on making the larger Plaid or Pipers Plaid.
The days runs from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., with a short break for lunch.
Cost: £50 for per day which includes use of equipment. Equipment can be purchased.
Cost of cloth varies depending on type and size.

Internships: Askival of Strathearn works in partnership with international educational bodies and students to provide internships for fashion and design students who are interested in developing their knowledge and learning new skills associated with the Scottish culture, the tartan, the Highland attire and the tailored kilt.

The Kilt College started in 2012 as The Kilt School of Scotland .  However, we are keen that our name represents our ethos of a learning environment offering vocational training, and in 2014 we became The Kilt College.

Who will coach you?
Marion Foster
I was trained in the methods of the Gordon Highlander Master Tailors and am committed to lifelong learning of bespoke tailoring.

I aim to make the learning to be more accessible and also to enrich the experience of kilt making by this special location, companionship, ambience, and ongoing support for the local to the international student.

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