Is this it? It is beautiful, and also more complex than some, if it comes to resetting the pleats without losing any fabric -- and you can't just lop out a piece and rejoin it, or at least I wouldn't. If you really love the kilt and it's a nice piece of quality wool, I think you should take it to a pro, for a precision fitting and safe handling once the waistband is off.
Some of the lads here will probably be able to tell you where there's a good kiltmaker near you.
I had to take my first Sportkilt in a bit when I lost weight. The Sportkilt is polyviscoes and not too difficult to do. They also have velcro in the belt line, so that makes it easier also. I had to remove two belt loops and the side buckles, wrapped the kilt a bit tighter, and re-located the loops and buckles. Fortunately, this didn't diminish the apron overly much and the pleats weren't modified at all.
If your kilt is a quality wool garment, I do second the notion of having it done by a pro.
Reducing the waist of a kilt up to two inches is accomplished by re-locating the buckles. This is a fairly simple alteration and can be done by anyone competent with a needle and thread.
Alterations greater are best accomplished by a reputable kiltmaker. Most will charge an hourly rate. The kilt will need to be completly unmade and then re-stitched. All of the internal strengthenings and liners will need to be re-cut.
The cost of a complete re-build of a kilt can cost more than a new one. Do you have someone special that you could give the kilt to?
Steve Ashton Owner/Kiltmaker 2nd Laird of Lochcaber www.freedomkilts.com "I wear the Kilt because; Swish + Swagger = Swoon"
Actually I am new to the DC/Maryland area and have not met a kilt maker in the area. I may have to "Google" the area to see if someone locally can assist but I do not mind shipping it off. Thanks for the advise....I am not sure if 2 inches will be enough but I can give it a shot.
I had two Kilts made when I thought I would loose no more. Shortly thereafter, I lost 40 more Lb. The Kilts went back and the alterations were costly. The company was in Edinburg Scotland. I will have to find the paper work and will post the address. I would assume that most large cities in the US would have qualified kilt makers who could do the work. The problem is that if you pick a bad one you pay for the work and the Kilt is ruined. I have definitely seen some really bad ones.
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