How To Measure For A Kilt
To get a proper fit, you must know how to measure for a kilt. The measurements you need are the natural waist, the seat, and the correct length from waist to the middle of the knee. The kilt maker will adjust the measurements for cutting the kilt. The length of the kilt is a matter of personal choice. Mid knee is the standard but some like to wear a kilt above or slightly below the knee.
To measure for a kilt: you will need:
- Tape measure
- Yard stick
- Pencil and paper
- Measure the waist. The natural waist is located midway between the lowest rib and the hip bone at the naval. Wrap the tape measure around the waist to measure. The tape measure should be taut but not tight.
Measure the seat. The seat (hips) is the widest area usually 9 inches below the waist. The area between the waist and hips is known as the rise.
The hem of the kilt should fall at the middle of the knee. The most effective and accurate way to measure for the length of a kilt is to kneel on both knees with erect posture and use a yard stick to measure the distance from waist to the floor then subtract 1 inch from the measurement.
Wear a pair of pants or jeans that fit you the best and most comfortably, especially at the waist, while being measured for a kilt. The pants or jeans will help determine your waistline. Write down the measurements for the kilt maker.
If you are providing the measurements yourself for the kilt maker, be accurate. Double check your measurements. If you measure incorrectly the kilt will not fit correctly and will be a costly mistake.