I’ve had a design for a kilt with the Union Flag on the front for a while now. It looks pretty good but I’ve never been 100% satisfied with it. It didn’t adjust as neatly as my Classic Skilt design and, despite trying a number of innovative solutions, there was always the propensity for the wide apron to ‘tent’ across the knees when sitting (to the delight or chagrin of the person sitting opposite).
Having a Union Flag that wraps across the pleats of a Classic design Skilt has been in the back of my mind for years but I’ve always written it off as too complicated. This year I’ve finally decided to give it a go.
I’m a stickler for accuracy so the Union Flag needs to be drawn to just the right scale so that the height of the flag matches the length of the kilt. The rectangular flag then gets translated onto the conical form of the kilt, as I do this I realise that it’s even more complex than I first thought as it requires extra adjustments to stop the diagonal lines from having a ‘saw tooth’ effect. Each pleat needs at least 3 unique pattern pieces for Red, White, and Blue. All in all it is an epic project.
Thankfully I’ve got an expert to help me. I’d like to introduce Graham my pattern cutting assistant:
Do come and visit us at the Duckie Christmas market at the Barbican Centre this Sunday December 18th. We’ll be there from 2pm-9pm and filled with Christmas cheer, and mince pies from the other vendors. There are some lovely new kilts to see, that haven’t made it up on to the website yet!
We recently accepted a commission to create a Royal Marines kilt in the Corps Colours:
Blue 4 part
Yellow 1 part
Green 1 part
Red 2 parts
Blue 4 parts
Navy blue is the primary colour in the combination selected. it marks the intimate connection of the Corps with the RN. Blue was the colour of the facings on the uniform for over 100 years.
Drummer red is the secondary colour in the design. This tint of red is the old historic colour of the British Army and was worn by the infantry of the Corps from early times down to the introduction of scarlet in 1876.
Light Infantry green was worn on the shako by the infantry of the Corps for some years. It was perpetuated in the bugle strings of the RMLI
Old gold, rather than yellow, is the colour closely associated with the early history of the Corps, as it was the distinctive colour of the dress and ensigns of the Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot from which the Corps originates.
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