Q – How do I measure my baby for a kilt?
A – If your baby can still lie still without wriggling too much, just lie them
down and pop a measuring tape round their waist at about their tummy button. Don’t pull the tape too tight – the vest is there to keep the kilt in place, so we don’t want the kilt to be too tight.
Then measure the length from the tummy button to mid knee (they may need a little help with extending their legs).
If your baby is sitting up, it’s worth measuring their tummy again when they are sitting, as some can have a much bigger measurement when sitting, so again, we don’t want them to be squashed.
Q – How do I measure my toddler/child for a kilt?
A – We normally find that the television is an invaluable tool for measuring wee ones. Try and get them to stand naturally, and pop the tape round their middle (roughly at their tummy button, but where their natural waist is if they have one!). Again, don’t pull the tape too tightly. To measure the length, pop the top of the tape measure to the place where you measured the waist, and measure straight down to the mid knee. Try and ensure that your wee one doesn’t look down to watch you do this, or the measurement can be too short. This is where the TV comes in handy!
Q – Should my child take their normal shoe size?
A – Our smaller sizes (4 to 9 or 10) are day brogues. The shoes are made in leather, and are on the tighter side. They come in full sizes, so if your child takes a half size, or is larger than an F fitting, we suggest that you order the size above their normal size. Our larger sizes, from 9 – 4 are grille brogues, and are wider so its likely they would just need their normal size.
Q – What size of shirt should I order?
A – The sizes go in roughly age sizes – size 1 is suitable from around 10 months with the Jacobite shirts, but from around 18 months with the wing collar shirts. Size 2 in both is suitable from around 2 years etc. Below 18 months, the smallest wing collar shirt may be a little large, so you may want them to wear their own shirt, but we have not yet found a maker of good quality shirts below this size. Our larger sizes go by collar size – 11″, 11 1/2″, 12″, 12 1/2″ and 13″.
Q – What size of jacket and waistcoat should I order?
A – The jackets and waistcoats start at size 18”. Our youngest fitted this from around 13 months, but he is on the small side, so if your baby is quite big, they may well fit it earlier. Even if their chest measures 20”, you should not necessarily go for that size before around 18 months at the earliest, as the length of the garment can swamp a younger child. If in doubt, take a measurement from the nape of the neck to the small of the back, and contact us for some advice before ordering.
Q – Should I wash the hire items before returning them to you?
A – No. Please don’t wash anything – especially the kilts! We clean all hire items when they are returned to us, so there is no need to do so at home.
Q – What do I do if something gets damaged?
A – With three boys of our own, we are fully aware that accidents can happen. We ask you to take care of our products, especially the jackets, waistcoats and kilts, as they have to be dry cleaned. If an accident does happen, please let us know – dry cleaners need to know what has been spilt on an item to ensure that it can be cleaned properly, so any information that you can give us is helpful. We reserve the right to charge the replacement cost of any item which is damaged significantly.
To help look after the products, it’s a good idea to take the jackets and waistcoats off your wee one before they start a meal.
Q – How do I take care of my kilt?
A – Tartan is a robust material, and your kilt can last a lifetime if it is taken care of. Adult and child kilts should be kept hanging up to avoid the garment getting too creased. Kilts can be ironed using a steam iron – test on an inconspicuous place first, but the steam should protect the material. On an adult kilt, it’s best to baste the pleats together to steam press them, as this keeps them in place. If you are not handy with a needle, you can still press them, but you must take your time, and ensure you are only pressing each pleat on the original fold line, as otherwise, the kilt will end up looking a little messy.
Kilts can survive many minor spillages with surprising ease – the fabric tends to let liquids roll off it, rather than soaking in, however if a proper clean is required, take it to a dry cleaners.
If you need any help with pressing your kilt, please get in touch with any questions.