Custom Kilts Order Form

On the 1st of December 2019 Steve retired and closed the Highland Wear Retail shop

The style of top-band on a kilt are made exactly the same.  The difference is only in the outer appearance. -You may notice that this website is different from most.
There are no “Click-add-to-cart” buttons.

We at Freedom Kilts understand that your custom kilt should be special and unique to you.
To build a kilt to your specifications is a bit more complex than buying off-the-rack.
This is why we prefer to listen to, and talk with, our customers.

This form will automatically be submitted via e-mail.
Once I have received your form, I will contact you within 24 hours.
I will give you an estimate of the time to complete your kilt.

I will ask if you have any questions –
If there are any special requirements or options that you wish to add –
and if there is anything further that I can help with.

I will then offer you your choice between two methods of payment.
You may pay via a PayPal invoice sent via email
Or, if you prefer, by e-transfer.

You have the option of paying the full amount up front –
or a deposit equal to half the full amount –
with the remainder due prior to me cutting your fabric and beginning work on your kilt.

You may wish to print this form for reference.
Click to print (pdf)

Customer Information

The Fit of Your Kilt (Click here to learn more about the fit of a kilt)

The fit of a contemporary kilt is perhaps the most significant change from the iconic style kilts.


There are three major parts to the fit of a kilt.

  1. Where you wish to wear the waist –
  2. The overall length of the kilt and the height of the fell area –
  3. Where the bottom of the kilt hits your knee –


The iconic kilt was designed at a time when all men’s trousers were designed to fit at the anatomical waist.  For an Iconic kilt to look right you MUST wear the waist, at the anatomical waist.

With the Contemporary kilt it is the wearer that decides the waist height.

You have a choice of where you wish to wear the waist of your kilt

  1. Full Waist Height – Right up under the ribs
  2. Mid Waist Height – Where the waist sits on top of the hip bones
  3. Low Waist Height – Where blue jeans fit.


The second part of the fit (The overall and fell lengths) you will specify when you take your measurements.

You will also be able to decide where you want the bottom of the kilt to hit your knee.

You can choose from –

  1. The Top of the Knee Cap – where the Iconic kilt fits when you wear kilt hose –
  2. The Middle of the Knee Cap – If you plan to wear boots with the hose scrunched down –
  3. The Bottom of the Knee Cap – If you prefer the look of long Cargo Shorts –


If you would like, there is a longer, more detailed, description of how kilts can fit in the “Kilt Making Help” page.


Where would you like to wear the waist of your kilt? (Select One Option)
Full Waist Height
Mid Waist Height
Low Waist Height


Where would you like the bottom of the kilt to hit your knee? (Select One Option)
Top of Kneecap
Middle of Kneecap
Bottom of Kneecap

The Construction of Your Kilt (Click here to learn more about how kilts are constructed)

It is not the outer Tartan fabric that makes a good kilt or a bad kilt.  It is the internal construction that makes all the difference.


Kilts are not made like blue jeans, and a Kilt is not made like a skirt.  A kilt is perhaps the most structured garment in the world.  Hidden behind the inner lining you will find full floating interfacing which provides vertical stiffness and allows the outer fabric to drape and swish naturally – and a stabilizer strip for horizontal strength and which acts like an internal belt.  Without these hidden elements the garment will stretch out of shape, the fabric will distort, and the stress of moving and sitting in the kilt are transferred to the stitching which may cause it to fail.  Without these internal strengthening elements the kilt will not hang correctly or have the famous “Swish” to the pleats.


Many people do not know that the interfacing and stabilizer are built into a kilt because they are hidden behind an inner liner.

And, I’m sorry, but many less expensive kilts may simply omit the internal strength elements entirely.  Perhaps to save money and perhaps they can get away with it, because many people today do not understand what internal elements should be built into the kilt, or what they do.


A Freedom Kilt however will have a full width floating interfacing and a full-width stabilizer strip. These are sewn and act as one unit.  When you strap a kilt on you are actually wearing the interfacing and stabilizer.  The outer fabric can then drape naturally, the outer Tartan fabric will not stretch or distort, and none of the stress need be taken up by the stitching alone.


The straps and buckles are sewn through the outer Tartan fabric and firmly anchored to the stabilizer strip for strength.


If you would like, there is a longer, more detailed, description of the details behind how and why a kilt is constructed on the “Kilt Making Information” page.




How Would You Prefer Your Kilt to be Stitched? (Click here to learn more about how a kilt can be stitched)

The internal construction means that you have the option of how the outside of the kilt is to be stitched based on what you want to do in your kilt, how strong it must be to last for many years, and your personal preference.

You may choose to have your kilt stitched –

  1. By Hand – This leaves no stitching visible on the outside of the kilt.  While hand stitching produces the most formal looking kilt suitable for your wedding, hand stitching is overall weaker than machine stitching.
  2. By Sewing Machine – This does leave visible lines of stitching on the outside but machine stitches are stronger and are the preferred method by those who want their kilt to last for years of daily wear.

If you would like, there is a longer, more detailed, description of the details behind how a kilt is stitched on the “Kilt Making Information” page.


(Select One Option)
Machine Stitched @ $350.00 Labor
Hand Stitched @ $450.00 Labor


Would You Prefer an Internal or External Waist Band? (Click here to learn more about waist band options)

The top band on a kilt is there just to cover the raw edge of the fabric.  Originally it was just a strip of solid colored twill tape.  Today the top band is made from a matching strip of Tartan fabric sewn to perfectly align with Tartan of the outer apron.


Today we have choices for the top banding to suit the use of the kilt.


  1. An Internal Waist Band is narrow on the outside like those found on the iconic kilts.
  2. An External Waist Band is wide like that found on trousers.
    1. If you choose the wider, trouser like Waist Band you have one further option.  You may also wish to include trouser like Belt Loops.  (The kilt does not need a belt to hold it up.  The loops are just decorative and hold the decorative belt in place.)


(Select One Option)
Internal Waist Band
External Waist Band If you would prefer an external waist band, would you like beltloops on your kilt?


(Select One Option)


Would you like a fringe on the right apron edge? (Click here to learn more about fringes)

Whether an outer apron has a fringe or not is personal preference.  Some like them, some don’t.


There is no significance to the fringe, it is just a bit of fancy.


You may choose no fringe if you like a clean, non-fancy look.

Or, if you prefer the fringe you have your choice of a single or even a double fringe.


(Select One Option)
Single Fringe
Double Fringe
No Fringe


How would you like your kilt to be fastened? (Click here to learn more about fasteners)

How a kilt fastenings is another personal preference.  There have been about as many different ways to fasten a kilt on as there have been kiltmakers.

Most kilts today use a system of straps and buckles.  The straps we use at Freedom Kilts will have 5 holes spaced 3/4 inch apart.  This gives a total of  3 inches of adjustability if you need it.

But, a kilt is made so that it fits perfectly with the outer apron overlapping the under apron perfectly.

Most people will choose the color of their straps depending on the color of the kilt or the color of the other leather items in their outfit.


You have your choice of 2 black leather straps with Nickle buckles or 2 Brown leather straps with Brass Buckles.


3 black leather straps or 3 brown leather straps.



(Select One Option)
2 Black Straps with Nickle Buckles
2 Brown Straps with Brass Buckles
3 Black Straps with Nickle Buckles
3 Brown Straps with Brass Buckles


Would you like the left strap to be internal or external? (Click here to learn more about internal vs external straps)

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(Select One Option)
Internal Left Strap
External Left Strap

Your Fabric

What fabric do you want your kilt made from? (Click here to learn more about selecting fabrics)

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The color option of your tartan if known (Select One Option)


The weight and composition of the fabric you prefer (Click here to learn more about fabric weight and composition)

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(Select One Option)
12 oz Polyester/Rayon blend @ $15.00 per meter
13 oz wool @ $30.00 per meter
16 oz wool @ $40.00 per meter

Your Pleats

How would you like the fabric to be folded into pleats? (Click here to learn more about pleating styles)

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(Select One Option)
1" Refined Knife Pleats
1.5" Rugged Pleats
2.5" Box Pleats


When we fold your fabric, how would you like the Tartan pattern to be displayed in the pleats? (Click here to learn more about the display of the Tartan)

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(Select One Option)
To the Sett
To the Stripe

Your Measurements (Click here to learn more about measuring for a Freedom Kilt)

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Raw Measurements
Final Kilt Size


Waist Circumference: inches
Hip Circumference: inches
Waist Heigh: inches
Hip Height: inches
Front Slope Height: inches
Rear Slope Height: inches
Hem Height: inches
Waist: inches
Hip: inches
Fell Length: inches
Drop Length: inches
Front Slope: inches
Rear Slope: inches

Pocket Selection

How would you like the fabric to be folded into pleats?(Click here to learn more about Pocket Options)

Description for Pocket Options


(Select One Option or Multiple)
Both Side Slash Pockets
Left Side Slash Pocket only
Right Side Slash Pocket only
Under-Apron Pockets

Kilt Fabric Calculation

Based on this information your kilt will require: metres of fabric.

Custom Options

Your Sub-Total

With the information you have provided, the sub-total amount for your kilt is CAD
*Applicable taxes and shipping will vary by your location.

When you are ready to submit your order and have completed the form above, simply click the Submit button below.