About a year ago, my mom bought me a kilt at the MCC Centre Thrift Shop in Abbotsford. Because she is a faithful volunteer, she gets a discount so this beautiful, vintage kilt came to a whopping $7.50.
A quick google search showed me that the Moffat Mill still exists in terms of sales, what’s not clear is whether or not it is still a functioning mill. Kilts are typically sold as 8 yard or 5 yard kilts, the biggest difference being the number of pleats in the back. An 8 yard kilt at the Moffat Mill, runs £200 (nearly $400 these days) – but this is for a knee-length kilt, not a floor-length one like mine. I think mine is a rare bird, which makes it all the more special to me.
I totally forgot that my mom had bought this for me until earlier this year when I realized that I needed something fancy to wear to a wedding in Toronto in February. I don’t typically go to fancy dress parties and it hardly seemed worth it to me to go out and buy something expensive that I’d only wear once. Then I remembered the kilt. I tried it on and then remembered something else: it was too long.
Hemming is a skill I possess but I have never hemmed something with pleats. This one has 30 pleats in the back and because it’s such a beautiful piece, I didn’t want to run the risk of screwing it up. A friend recommended a seamstress – Fariba’s Fashion in Abbotsford. Fariba is Persian (100% going back centuries!) and has been a seamstress for 39 years. Her workplace is in the basement of her beautiful home, which is perfectly suited for what she does: a big space, with a spare room that’s large enough to serve as a fitting room, especially when you’re tailoring or altering wedding gowns, etc.
Fariba charged me only $40 to hem my kilt and she did a fantastic job. I wore my beautiful kilt to the wedding, a perfect thing to wear on a really cold, clear, windy day in Toronto. I can confidently recommend Fariba to you for alteration needs. I can also recommend wearing a kilt in winter. And of course, I can also recommend thrift shopping – you never know when you’ll find a beautiful gem like this one!
One thing I don’t know about the kilt is the origin of the tartan. Anyone recognize it?