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Bespoke Tailoring of the Kilt, its variations, and restoration

The course consists of different Chapters, which in turn consist of key stages in the kilt tailoring process. The training programme is 100% online, ensuring the transfer of skills from afar which does not however substitute the value of in-presence and face-to face learning methodologies, granted in this course by its rigorous assessment system (more below) and a combination of:
– videography
– written word
– twice weekly face to face group tutorials.

Tutor: Marion Foster (Master Kilt Tailor & Trainer)

Objective: Plan and create the bespoke tailored kilt
Creating 16 kilts along with each kilt’s working portfolio and its formative and summative (internal and external) assessment:

x10 knife edge kilt (800 hours):
– Pleating to the sett (x2)
– Pleating using the tartan and creative imagery using possibly vertical features (x3)
– Self-coloured kilt (x1)
– Childs or youths kilt (x1)
– Tweed Kilt (x1)
– Variations for the female form (x2)
x1 Historical box pleated kilt (50 learning hours)
x1 Military box pleat (90 hours)
x4 Cleaning, restoration and alteration (160 hours)

Programme: The curriculum covers lifelong tailoring skills, emphasizing quality standards, human anatomy, and the technical aspects of bespoke kilt tailoring. From the theory behind each process, and the related nuances, to practical applications. These include measuring techniques and mastering various stitching techniques. The program also focuses on understanding the critical stages in kilt building. The students will follow stitching mini lessons and learn how to plan, prepare, draft measure and calculate for pleating to the set. Through the different chapters, the course prepares the students to double-width cloth and join the cloth, to mark out the over-apron, to bast the apron, to mark out the pleats and the under-apron, and to cut the cloth. The students will also explore the equipment and materials used and their purpose, including understanding the physics of steaming, pressing and ironing. Lastly, the students will learn how to resolve issues and how to restore, alter, and reweave the kilts. As such, the curriculum equips students with the highest level of problem-solving skills, of historical knowledge on the woven cloth, of the tartan pattern, of the Highlands of Scotland and their folk culture, as well as with customer care and business skills.

Assessment method: The Working Portfolio of Learning (WPoL) – a submission is requested at the end of each chapter and occasional at certain stages within the Chapter. The student’s submission of visual evidence and written evidence, the weekly live group tutorials, and tutor conversations (“The 3 ways” of learning) will demonstrate their understanding of the learning outcomes. This will result in a scoring recorded under the Examination of craftsmanship, and formative and summative feedback.
Entry requirements: There are no minimum requirements to learn to tailor your first kilt. The quality of the training and of the support provides the best opportunity to learn.


– The Skills and Education Group Awards Accreditation Training Program (ATP) – Bespoke Tailoring of the Kilt, its variations, and restoration. The accreditation will be awarded to trainees who have indicated their intention to participate in the ATP and have consistently achieved a satisfactory “examination of craftsmanship” upon the completion of the tailoring of the 16 kilts. Having been awarded the accreditation, the Craftsman will be entitled to use the title of “Member of the College of Master Kilt Tailors”.

– Students who learn to tailor kilts for enjoyment, and prefer to learn without the rigour of assessment, can choose to follow the course without accreditation. Students can alternatively obtain a recognition of achievement if they have achieved a satisfactory “examination of craftsmanship” upon the completion of the tailoring of each kilt of their choice.


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