What is worn under a Scotsman's kilt?

Nothing.  It is all in good working condition.

I was just gifted with the most glorious authentic Scottish kilt in a Gordon tartan.  This was given to a friend’s husband when they lived in Scotland.  He never wore it, but kept it for many years, until deciding recently at his wife’s suggestion, to give it to a rug hooker.  Me!

This is the real deal.  The weight of this must be five or six pounds and there must be many yards of wool.  The label, hand sewn onto the kilt reads:


Size: - 22

Height:-  5Ft. 9” – 5Ft. 10”

Waist:-  33”

Breech:-  40”           



It is a beauty and I must admit that it will be emotionally difficult to deconstruct it and strip it for hooking.  I will have to live with it for a while before attempting that process.  I’ve never felt such thick wool in any garment.

What is confusing to me is that when looking at a particular tartan, there are many variations of it.  Each tartan can even be in different colors.  According to my Scotland connection, Brigitte W., each tartan plaid can be the following: traditional; ancient; hunting; muted; or modern.  I can’t imagine how there can be so many different plaids.  It’s pretty impressive.

Also, over the past week, I’ve made some headway on my current super secret project.  I’ve done all the “fun part” and now I’m tackling the lettering.  Not my favorite, but I’m forging ahead.  There are 99 letters to be hooked, but who’s counting.  This will definitely be a one-of-a-kind.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the craftsmanship of a traditional wool garment..

Beautifully made with the yellow lines perfectly positioned at the edge of each pleat.

Beautifully made with the yellow lines perfectly positioned at the edge of each pleat.

A close-up of a Gordon tartan.

A close-up of a Gordon tartan.