Paul Henry Kilts

Traditional and Contemporary kilts sewn to order                                           

Which Style


Paul Henry makes kilts in a time honoured way, whether traditional or contemporary, whether hand sewn or sewn by machine.
Both styles are designed with a high rise, and are fully tailored. All wool kilts have a hand sewn built in stabiliser, pad stitched hair canvas and  internal lining, and two leather straps and buckles

Traditional kilts  have anything between 18 to 32 pleats, this is dependant on many factors, the size of the  wearer, but often more importantly the size of the “sett”- the pattern.
Pleats can be made to the sett, so that from a distance the back of the kilt looks the same as the front, or it can be pleated to the “stripe”where a dominant stripe features on each pleat, this is the norm for military kilts, but the choice is yours. Depending on which stripe is chosen many different effects are possible, and the overall look of the kilt will change considerably, so usually a test strip is pleated to show the variations possible before  making  a final decision.

There are different styles of pleat available as here, not just knife pleats, a full list is here

These kilts are normally  handsewn  although a little bit of machine sewing along the waistband is used for strength.
A traditional kilt normally contain about 8 yards of fabric, but it is possible to create an acceptable traditional kilt with as little as 5 yards, Harris tweed kilts are usually about 5-6 yards simply because of the bulk of the fabric.

Contemporary kilts do not usually have more than about 20 pleats, and 12 to 18 is usual. These kilts are normally machine sewn  because of the generally heavier cottons and denim used. Pleat width is generally  wider than on a traditional kilt, and typically these kilts will contain between 5 - 6 yards of fabric.  Typical fabrics are denim, camouflage, heavy cotton , indeed almost everything  except woollen tartan, but even that is possible!

With either style of kilts, there are many options to make it a unique and personal garment, such things as the colour of leather, brass or nickel buckles, the type of lining - I like to use interesting fabrics which are always carefully selected with the  client in mind,and many adaptations or personal touches are possible.