Careful measurements are essential for tailoring a perfect kilt that you can flaunt for years. Ready-made kilts for men come in a pre-determined size and only need to be tailored according to the waist measurement. However, if you don’t fit the standard kilt, you can also order a customized kilt.
Customized kilts hang at the top or middle of the kneecap and require three measurements, namely waist, seat and length. This step-by-step guide will help you to measure your kilt size carefully.
Identify the Shape of Your Body
Knowing your body type to measure accurately is crucial because each body type needs a different measurement method. The three common body shapes are slim, athlete and fuller.
People with a slim body are those that are upright and straight, with minimal belly or bum.
Athletic people are average-sized people that are not flat and have a shape in their belly, hips, and occasionally their thighs.
People with fuller bodies have more belly and bum fat and therefore need more fabric measurements for kilts.
Things to Keep in Mind before Starting the Measurement
Now that you have determined your body shape, it’s time to start the measurements. The process of measuring for men kilts differs from that of measuring for pants. A measuring tape in inches is required. Keep the following in mind as you proceed through the next several steps:
- Make sure you aren’t wearing any fluffy or big clothes.
- Don’t bend down while taking measurements to any inaccuracy.
- Take help from someone if you are not sure about the correctness of your measurements.
Here are the three main measurements that will be needed for your kilt:
A waist measurement of kilts for men is a little above the pants’ waist, around the belly button. The belly button can vary from person to person, and people with different shapes can use it as a mark to guide the measurement. Place your measuring tape around the belly button and start measuring your waist.
The seat is the widest point around your hips. Stand against the wall and slowly move back to know your widest point. The part of your hip that first touches the wall is your widest point. Start measuring around this point.
The length refers to the measurement from the belly button to the middle of the kneecap. For military-style men kilts, the length ends a little above the kneecap.
A step-by-step guide to measuring according to your body type
Now that we are aware of our body type and the body parts for which measures are necessary let’s learn how to take kilt measurements for different body types:
Measure with the tape around the body just above this bone as you feel along the sides of your body. This body measurement should be tight enough, so your kilt doesn’t fall off.
Find the largest part of your seat and take a fairly accurate measurement here. On slim bodies, there is not much difference in hips and waist.
Locate the natural waist measurement and measure from the belly button to the middle of your knee. Avoid bending at this point.
Measure where your finger dips in against the body as you feel down your sides until you find the top of your pelvic bone. Measure firmly, carefully pulling the measuring tape tight enough to touch the narrow back.
For this body type, it can be difficult to pinpoint the widest place because it could be either the bum or the thighs. To ensure the smooth fall of the kilt aprons, measure loosely around the broadest part.
Measure from the belly button to the middle of the knee.
Athletic figures have a slight difference between thighs and bum. Therefore, it is important to tell the tailor the measurement from the waist down the bum. This relates to sewed areas of pleats.
On larger frames, you must pull the measuring tape very tightly until it reaches the small of your back to guarantee that the kilt is snug enough to remain up precisely.
On fuller bodies, this measurement is approximate. The aprons of the kilt will fall precisely flat from your natural waist if you find your widest spot, which is likely around the bum and hip and measure around this area, pulling the tape out in front of you until it is in line with any protruding belly.
Measure the length of the kilt from the belly button down the kneecap.
Always check your measurements twice or thrice to ensure they are accurate before sharing them with the tailor. If you are looking for specialized tailor services for your kilt, then kiltsformen is your desired spot. We sell high-quality jackets, kilts and all kilt accessories customized to your needs.