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Restoration & Alterations

A new lease of life

Kilt Alteration & Restoration

Have you a precious kilt that has been with you for a large part of yours or your family’s life and doesn’t fit any more or looks the worst for wear? Has the kilt belonged to someone dear to you and needs reconditioned and refitting?

You can send the kilt to me for assessment or try a Skype consultation.

The tartan cloth woven in the UK is of excellent quality and has a value. Therefore, it is often worth retaining and adjusting.

My understanding of the kilt’s construction and tailoring skills enables me to refit or restore your elderly or slightly damaged kilt to as near its former glory as is practicably possible, allowing you to enjoy the company of your beloved kilt for many years to come and pass it on.

Alteration of 4cm plus will require the aprons to be dismantled, resized and possibly repositioned. Sometimes the number of pleats may need to be increased or decreased.

Restoration may range from unpicking completely and carrying out total reconstruction with new canvasses and linings to re-stitching and reinforcing worn pleats, repairing minor tears or moth holes, or replacing straps and buckles that have seen better days. Even discretely inserting a new piece of tartan if the tartan can be matched.

The amount of future proofing in the kilt’s present construction will also determine the amount of work involved in the refit.


Before: Often the cloth is still looking good but the original construction has not endured the wear and tear. Here the belt loop and the vent are limp and worn as they have no support from canvassing

After: The belt loop, buckle chape have been remade with new fabric and along with the strap vent, all reinforced with canvassing. New button hole stitching to reinforce the vent.