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This all came about out of demand more than a deliberate journey into kilt making. I actually only started sewing in July of 2009. I had decided in the previous fall that I wanted to wear men's kilts in the summer instead of shorts. I had never owned a kilt before, and I had never really seen any kilts other than in pictures. I never looked at one up close. I am a pretty alternative personality, so I don't really do many things that are considered mainstream, but I've managed a lot of rock bands here in Minneapolis and I did a lot of promotion for those bands using the internet; Myspace, Facebook, etc. I decided to retire from that so I had more time on my hands than usual, and when I did research into utility kilts I was amazed to find out that they cost so much. I couldn't afford one! Since I'm not one to give up I was still set on having a utility kilt. So I looked at some pictures on the internet (via Google), got some ideas, and…

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  • Born on July 13
  • Joined September 1, 2010

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This all came about out of demand more than a deliberate journey into kilt making. I actually only started sewing in July of 2009. I had decided in the previous fall that I wanted to wear men's kilts in the summer instead of shorts. I had never owned a kilt before, and I had never really seen any kilts other than in pictures. I never looked at one up close. I am a pretty alternative personality, so I don't really do many things that are considered mainstream, but I've managed a lot of rock bands here in Minneapolis and I did a lot of promotion for those bands using the internet; Myspace, Facebook, etc. I decided to retire from that so I had more time on my hands than usual, and when I did research into utility kilts I was amazed to find out that they cost so much. I couldn't afford one! Since I'm not one to give up I was still set on having a utility kilt. So I looked at some pictures on the internet (via Google), got some ideas, and told my partner, Cris, "I think I could make one of those." I had some obstacles; #1: I don't own a sewing machine, #2: I don't sew, #3: I have no pattern, and #4: I have no money to buy a machine or cloth. So, my partner gave me an old pair of her old goth pants which, if you've ever seen those, are made very large and use a lot of material.
I sewed it by hand; no machine. I had found information on the internet on how to sew by hand. I wore this to the local Costco one day and the greeter asked where I bought it. I told her I had made it, and she suggested that I sell them. So I started to look into it. A couple of days later my partner Cris bought me a 1930's Singer Spartan sewing machine from a yard sale for $6. I have affectionately named her Lady Spartan.
So, I took twenty bucks and bought some fabric, snaps, and thread. I couldn't afford the accessories I had wanted, so my partner suggested we go to the Goodwill Outlet to see if we could find some stuff to use. I found out that you can buy used clothing and backpacks and whatnot for a dollar a pound. A DOLLAR!! So, I got my accessories off of purses and belts.
I posted the pictures on Ebay to see what would happen; they sold. I didn't sell the actual kilts but I took orders to make kilts similar to them. It's been a whirlwind ever since. It just snowballed. Cris had to start helping, and we began to get more creative and confident. We still don't have a pattern. We wing it on every kilt, but the kilts keep progressing and getting better. We try to keep the prices of the kilts to a minimum. My first few orders were to larger men and I was surprised to find out that they are charged almost double by some kilt makers because they are larger. We don't do that. We keep in mind that the whole reason this began was because we couldn't afford what was out there.
Short story long...we never planned on a website, a business, or a bunch of demand. We fell into it. But, the kilt community has been awesome and extremely supportive. What a great bunch of people. We are very lucky and grateful to everyone that has offered their support. We just try to offer a good product at a reasonable price and we deal honestly with everyone. We don't make promises we can't keep and we truly design each kilt to each individual that orders. So, if anyone wants to help with the website, we are open to suggestions. Word has spread far and wide. We have kilts not only in the US now, they are in Germany, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and the United Kingdom. We put up the GoDaddy website because we couldn't afford anything else, and it was quick and easy. We've only been in business since July. We sold our first kilt July 13th, 2009. That was about 50 kilts ago.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it rolleyes.

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Serena and Cris
Kilt Makers

October 7, 2009

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