Sunday, December 9, 2012

This Thought Has Crossed My Mind Several Times

I was looking at Old Fools Kilts blog. I found this posted on his blog:

So I said to the boys "hello girls". "We're not girls" they replied. I said "you're dressed like girls". They immediately pointed out that I was the one wearing a skirt. I had on a kilt. I then asked "when was the last time you saw a female in anything but pants?" Silence.

I have thought this several times. No one has said this to me yet but if I ever get a comment something like "why are you dressed like a girl" my response will be similar to the above. When I am out I see the guys and gals all dressed in jeans. So who is dressed like a girl?

Complements when wearing utility/contemporary kitls

Wow, it has been forever and a day since I posted anything. I still wear kilts about 50% of the time. Just busy with life I guess. Normally any complements I get wearing a kilt occur with traditional tartan kilts. Everyone identifies with style of kilt. The contemporary kilts appear to be another matter. Granted they look more casual then then their tartan brother so that may be part of the reason. I think for many they don't know what they are looking at so even if they like them they don't say anything. I ran out to lunch wearing a contemporary kilt. An attractive black lady maybe in her mid 30's walked up to me an complemented me on the kilt. Over the weekend I attended a couple of Christmas dinner events. Wearing my best tartan kilt and a little dressed up I received several questions and complements. I don't have a picture of what I had on. I will try to get one over the next few days. I have other events to attend and will wear the same thing. Wear your kilt and have some fun! Photobucket

Saturday, September 8, 2012

I had an opportunity to attend a week long kilt making class. This was for the traditional hand-sew kilts. This was my first attempt at making a kilt. There were a few mistakes in it but overall it turned out ok. The main problem I had was getting the width of the pleats correct. They taper from the hip up to waist. I got the hip width correct but by the time I sewed up to the top of the kilt I let the narrower measurement at the waist get away from me. Ended up with little taper. So over all the waist was too big. I have the straps pulled in all the way. Have to wear a belt with this one. The material I used on this one is 13-oz wool in the Earl of St. Andrews tartan. I have a full 8-yards in this thing. The sett size was 5-1/4" so I doubled that when I folded the pleats. Skipping a set to get deeper pleats. This is pleated to the Sett. I have other tartan material to make more kilts. So I will try to learn from the mistakes in this one to improve the next one I make. Photobucket
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

The town I live in holds a big festival on the 4th of July for Independence day. While it was in the mid 90's today the heat did not stop a lot of people from attending the event. The parade through town runs about 2-hours in the morning. The rest of the afternoon street vendors are setup on main street and bands play for entertainment. Later tonight will be the fireworks. I have attended in my American Heritage tartan kilt for the past three years. This is the first year I have spotted someone else in a kilt. A young man wearing a black Utilikilt. I have run across others that said they had a kilt but I guess none were brave enough to wear it. One young girl as me if I was hot. Well, I guess if I had been in a traditional wool kilt that may have been the case but I had on a lighter weight PV kilt from USAKilts. In the winter they will be asking if I am cold. You can't win. For those of you in the USA have a safe Independence Day.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mini Cooper Coupe

My main vehicle is a 2003 GMC Safari van. It will soon be 10 years old. Has 138,000 miles on it. I like it as I can carry a full sheet of plywood, 8-foot racks, and other big stuff. It drinks a lot of gas and is rather big for just driving back and forth to work. I decided to keep the van but get something smaller and easier on gas. Since I will still have the van I don't need a lot of people or cargo capacity. That being the case time for something fun. So I now own a 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe. The coupe is their 2-seater that went on sale back in October. There are not many of them on the road as production is somewhat limited it appears. Of course the challenge is getting in and out of this car gracefully. That was never a problem with the van.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Latest Kilt Pin

I like to have a kilt pin on each one of my tartan kilts. Rather than buy a real kilt pin I look for things I can turn into a kilt pin. Something out of the ordinary. In an earlier post I have a picture of one I made out of a radio tube. For this one I used a Cadillac emblem that was on a necklace. Got the necklace off of Ebay. The kilt in the picture is a 13-oz wool traditional kilt from USAKIlts in the Pennsylvania tartan.

Caddy Kilt Pin, Made this kilt pin from a Caddy necklace emblem.

First Kilt for 2012

Despite wind gusts to 40 MPH I ran out for lunch. I guess this is the first kilt out the door for 2012. Denim kilt from Union Kilts. Happy kilting in 2012 everyone.

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Mike