What is a boxed pleat?

Box pleats are made up of two knife pleats facing away from each other or, in other words, they are formed when two folds of fabric are folded away from each other giving a wide vertical pleat. They are often used as stand-alone pleats on the back of a shirt or as a series of pleats on skirts or dresses.

Why are kilts pleated?

Military pleating as the name suggests, is the style of pleating used for the production of kilts worn by Scottish Army regiments. It is said that military pleating was introduced to create a more striking effect and to introduce a very defined appearance of uniformity amongst the ranks.

How many pleats should a kilt have?

The new Scottish Kilt Makers’ Association is planning to issue a set of rules establishing the standard kilt as having 29 pleats. The standards’ policeman will be William Law, a former Inspector of Kilts at the Ministry of Defence, which for a century has been the only regulatory body for Scotland’s traditional dress.

Do kilt pleats go in front or back?

Gardner says to properly sport a kilt, the pleats should be in the back. And it should have a sporran (or leather pouch) on the front. “We sometimes have people say the word ‘skirt. ‘ A man who’s wearing a kilt without a sporran on the front, they’re kind of wearing a skirt,” Gardner says.

Are kilts always pleated?

All of our reenactment kilts are kilt that require you to pleat it each time you wear it, just as they were traditionally worn. A kilt was more than just clothing, it was also a blanket and a backpack/satchel.

What is the difference between a box pleat and a knife pleat?

Box pleats are made up of two (usually wide) knife pleats facing away from each other. The inside folds of this kind of pleat don’t necessarily always meet and they are often used as stand alone pleats, as in the skirt of our Flora Dress. Inverted box pleats are a standard box pleat but in reverse!

Do all kilts have pleats?

The difference between Pleat-to-Sett and Pleat-to-Stripe Now that you have picked your kilt, tartan, and weight, we might ask how you prefer your pleats – to sett, or to strip. Not all kilts have this option, because most come pleat to sett.