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J. Higgins Custom Kilt (16oz) Heavy Weight


Product Description

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, but we can be somewhat flexible meeting due dates, so please email John at or call us at 1-800-426-7268 to discuss your timeline needs, and we'll try and work with you.  

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

7 yard kilt (Hips up to 37") $450

8 yard kilt (Hips 38 to 46") $475

9 yard kilt (Hips 47 to 55") $525

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

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!  Check out our video and measurement guide below for helpful suggestions on how to measure for your kilt.

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 pleat 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 suggest you pleat to the sett.  You can email John at to learn more about pleating.  

    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. Kilt

    Posted by Richard Geisler on 9th Mar 2017

    My kilt turned out BEAUTIFUl! Fits perfectly. The quality of the woven tartan is very impressive. Could not be more pleased.

  2. Absolutely Wonderful

    Posted by Adam on 4th Mar 2017

    I've worn the belted plaid and owned several Pakistani knock offs and even built a couple of kilts myself but nothing compares to the true 8 yard kilt in 16 oz cloth. Quality of materials plus the high level of craftsmanship make this kilt a real family heirloom. Fit was perfect. It swings nice. Price was better than I have seen anywhere else. Materials alone would eat up over half what I paid, never mind the skill involved in building this beauty. These guys know what they're doing! Thanks and expect to receive another order in the near future.

  3. Don't be afraid

    Posted by Mark on 8th Dec 2016

    Last Aug. I purchased a custom made kilt in the U.K. from a well known kilt maker. I was fitted personally by the tailor. 10 weeks later I received
    a beautifully made kilt, except it didn't even come close to fitting properly. 3 weeks ago I ordered another kilt from J. Higgins over the internet. The next day I received a call from John to confirm all the details and specifications of my order. 16 days later I received an absolutely beautiful kilt that fit me perfectly. I will be sending my first kilt to john to have it altered. It's reassuring to know that we have such a fine kilt maker here in the U.S.

  4. Beautiful kilt!

    Posted by Unknown on 10th May 2016

    My kilt is perfect!!! The care taken in getting my order just right (double checking Tartans with me since it was a confusing one and I didn't know the exact specs, making sure it matched the band i wanted it to match, verifying a measurement that didn't seem right) was absolutely amazing. It made me much more confident to spend this amount of money on a custom garment. The kilt is well made and fits perfectly.

  5. Great Kilt!

    Posted by Unknown on 8th Dec 2015

    The kilt looks and fits great! I'm excited to wear it for bagpiping competitions!

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