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J. Higgins Custom Kilt (12oz) Light Weight


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Are you concerned about measuring yourself for a J. Higgins kilt?  Then, try our new Video Chat service where we web conference with you while you measure yourself for a kilt.  It's free and easy!  Click here for more information:

Your J. Higgins Kilt is finely tailored from premium Scottish wool by our own kilt makers here in Kansas City since 1983.  Each kilt is carefully crafted from authentic tartans imported from Scotland.  Don't be concerned if your measured waist size is bigger than your pant size.  This is normal.  Your waist size will ALWAYS be bigger than your pant size you buy! We can also make matching tartan flashes (listed under Footwear). 

Our kilt makers will tailor your kilt to have 3 buckles/straps, belt loops and double fringe on the front apron.  Each kilt is fully lined in the waist.

NOTE: This is a custom garment that cannot be returned.  Because we make these kilts to order, please know that delivery is approximately 8 to 10 weeks.  This is a general estimate.

NOTE: Price will change depending on sizes submitted.  Price ranges are as follows: 

7 yard kilt (Hips up to 37") $400

8 yard kilt (Hips 38 to 46") $425

9 yard kilt (Hips 47 to 55") $495

We believe our kilts are among the best kilts made in the world.  Let us make yours.

Check out our blog about "Caring for your J. Higgins Kilt":

We want to introduce you to Drum Major Jason Paguio.  Jason is a 5 time World Drum Major Champion.  Here he is at the 2016 World Championship wearing his J. Higgins Napier kilt and Class A Honor Guard jacket.  We were truly honored to tailor Jason's kilt and jacket.  Jason tells us his outfit was the only one with zero dress fault deductions in the contest.


NoteUse only a cloth tape measure when taking kilt measurements.  Do not use rulers, or metal tape measures!  Please check out our video and measurement guide below for helpful suggestions.

There are two ways to pleat your kilt in the back.  You can either pleat it to the sett so the tartan is shown front and back in the same way, or pleat it to the line so that we choose one line to emphasize which then makes the pleating pattern look completely different than the front.  Some tartans don't lend themselves to pleating to the line.  We show you an example of both in the photos below using the Royal Stewart tartan.   If you're in doubt, we strongly suggest you pleat to the sett as pleating to the line can make a stark difference.  First time kilt wearers should maybe avoid pleating to the line.  

    Pleating to the Sett pleat-to-the-sett.jpg       Pleating to the Line   pleat-to-the-line.jpg

Kilts & Kilt Skirts 

  1. Waist ___(the stomach at the navel which is the widest for men; narrowest for women. Where women wear their belts.)
  2. Ledge of Hip Bone ___ (This is where men would wear a belt with a pair of pants)
  3. Hips ___(The widest part around the seat)
  4. Length ___(Taken from the ledge of hip bone to middle knee while standing straight; we add 2" to this measurement. Provide total lengths for below knee skirts, we will not add 2" to these type skirts.)
  5. Trouser Inseam___
  6. Your Height ___ (in feet and inches)
  7. Total length of a kilt you currently own___ 

Product Reviews

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  1. Superb Quality

    Posted by Royce Myers on 9th Nov 2021

    I cannot overstate how chuffed I am to have this kilt. The wool and the construction are first rate, and it fits very comfortably.

    I took off one star for two reasons. The buckles aren't as nice as the kilt - I would have preferred something that feels more robust, and not flimsy.

    The most significant issue was communication. The delay from order to delivery was about 3 months, but I expected 6-8 weeks. The website never registered my order, so when I log in and to to orders, it says I don't have any. When I initiated contact, I received prompt and clear responses, but I had to initiate contact.

    The product is excellent, as is the value. (John's reply: Thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad you like your kilt. I just want to respond to the comment about the website not registering your order. We did register your order. You could not find it later because you placed the order as a "guest" rather than a registered customer. Folks, keep in mind that guest orders do not show up in any online listing of your orders. That happens only when you register).

  2. Convinced...

    Posted by Evan Ellis on 23rd Apr 2021

    I have never ordered an 8 yard kilt in a lightweight tartan until now. The Kilt was pleated to the line and absolutely gorgeous. It is already a favorite of mine and I have owned over 20 tailor made kilts. J. Higgins has sold me on its kilt making skill.

  3. great fitting kilt

    Posted by Kevin Galloway on 2nd Apr 2019

    The kilt is great. Perfectly made. Fits great. My old kilt was 33 years old, hand made by a family friend back home in Scotland. This kilt will be worn often. Great customer service.
    Thank you. I will be ordering 2 more very shortly for my sons

  4. Perfect in every detail

    Posted by Rose Ferguson on 8th Apr 2016

    The kilt you made for my husband is gorgeous. I'm happy you were able to get our tartan. It fits him perfectly: the waist, hips, length, everything is perfect. Thank you so much!

  5. Perfect in every detail

    Posted by Unknown on 8th Apr 2016

    The kilt you made for my husband is gorgeous. I'm happy you were able to get our tartan. It fits him perfectly: the waist, hips, length, everything is perfect. Thank you so much!

  6. wonderful especially the color and brillance

    Posted by A. Keeth W on 1st Sep 2015

    Received my new kilt...the colors are wonderful brilliant. ..I've yet to try it on as it was sent to the cleaners.....I love it though

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