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In the course of it’s evolution, the great belted plaid or Feileadh Mor evolved into the kilt that we are all familiar with today. Different types of pleating of the tartan also came to be applied over time. For decades, only the knife pleat was used .
In recent years, excellent kiltmakers such as Matthew Newsome and Bob Martin before him have brought back into fashion a pleat that was popular in the XVIIIth century, the box pleat.
It’s stylishness quickly seduced hundreds of kilt wearers. It is elegant, light, and… thrifty : Indeed, it requires a mere four yards of tartan .
The end of a myth: It is acknowledged today that it is no longer necessary for a “real kilt” to use the sacred number of 8 yards of fabric
But in my view as well as that of my kilt-wearing man (a descendant of clans MacKinnon, Donnachàidh, Lindsay and Montgomery) there was still a little something missing from the superb Box pleat to seduce us quite completely.
Why a Double box pleat ?
This little something is what is called the “swish” or “swagger”; that is to say the movement, flow, and body that the Knife Pleat offer.
By studying different pleating possibilities (drawings above) the idea came to us that by making a kilt with a doubled box pleat, we would obtain the desired effect.
Thus was born my very first Double Box Pleated Kilt, whose qualities have been applauded by kilt wearers around the world.
Thank you Chrystel for making me this magnificent Kilt which reflects so many symbols for me.
I was lucky enough to be able to pick it up from you and I will never be able to forget the emotion I had when I put it on.
It won’t be too difficult for you to imagine how proud I am to wear it, wearing my Blue Bonnet. I’m already relishing the moment when I’ll pick up the next one!
Do not hesitate to entrust your projects to Chrystel, they will be in good hands.
Annecy – France
You will never regret ordering a Double Box pleat from Lady Chrystel. The workmanship is very fine, quite comparable to my handmade eight-yard knife pleat “made in Scotland”.
I wore my Stephen-Mathieson Double Box pleat to a ball last weekend and was amazed at the movement it displayed.
A seamstress present in the assembly told me that she could not take her eyes off it!