Statement of Intent

This is Old Fools outlet for kilts and other unbifurcated garments for men or women. It is not for furthering cross dressing or costuming. It is for the furthering of alternate apparel for men and sometimes will discuss bifurcated (trousers, pants, etc.) garments as well. Since women can and do wear anything they want little will be said about womens clothing. That is not to say that nothing will be said about them. If men want to dress and look like a woman that is fine with me and some do it very well. Here, however, the intent is about men that want alternate mens clothing. The Old Fool (me) is not an expert in this field but he sews, has made several kilts, modified store bought kilts and wears them. I also wear sarongs, pareu, lava lava and anything else that is comfortable and practical. Some of my kilts might be called skirts but I am comfortable with that.

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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?"

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Old Fools Kilts: How To Convert a Traditional Casual Kilt to a Work Kilt

Now was that not easy?
Cheap too. Cost two dallah American ($2,00 USD) at the thrift store for the carpenters pouch with belt.

I really bought it because the belt size is a maximum of 38. I haven't seen that number in years so when I saw that I had to try it on. It fit. So, not trusting the people in Chinaland to label things accurately, I measured it. They were right on. I took that as a sign from the numerous Gods of Vanity that I should have it.

The kilt is a Wallace from Stillwater Kilts. Made of Acrylic in Pakistan by slave labor. Acrylic is a comfortable wool like material that burns like a fuse when exposed to open flame. It's machine washable and dries quickly. Stillwater sells them cheap. They only come in one length (24 inch) and I have to hem them to 19 inches. I make a number of other modifications while I'm at it.  Obviously a person of my small stature is not among what is considered normal height. Oh well, I've never thought that being normal is necessarily a good thing.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Old Fools Kilts: Kilted Old Man in the Garden

or  Is that a topless fat bearded old lady out there?

This my home grown polyester camo work kilt. It is worn almost daily. It is a good thing it is wash and wear.

The shoulder bag is twenty-five cent canvas bag I picked up at the Thrift Store.  It carries all the small garden tools that I use everyday. I wear it most often like a messenger bag.

Blogger has gone stupid on me and I'm not going to waste one second trying to fix something that is being fixed everyday by so called geniuses. To me it is broken and it is easier to move elsewhere than fix it.

I figured out who went stupid and it was not You Tube. My apologies to You Tube for shooting my mouth off, or in this case my keyboard off, before finishing the editing process. I am looking forward to the day when my PC can determine that I am being an idiot and heads me off.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Old Fools Kilts: Kilted at the VA

Sewing is part of my philosophy of grow your own, make your own and roll your own in everything you do. If it doesn't turn out well then at least you will have a new appreciation of what you buy.      ~Tom Swaim

A year ago on St. Patrick's (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) day I wore this get up to my yearly visits to the VA.  It was a hit. I know that  Kilts are not Irish but the peasantry does not so it seemed appropriate. It was a hit with the staff but the other veterans did not know what to do. I was in and out so fast that they were still looking at their feet when I left.

Except for the vet crossing the parking lot who stumbled over his own jaw there were no fatalities or injuries.

The staff, both mail and female, reacted with enthusiasm and we "passed a good time". Most of the vets seemed to be of Vietnam vintage, are conservative and it is my impression that they think anything in a skirt should be given two dolla' and taken to the back room for three minutes of pleasure. No one made any offers. I know it was not the big mustache that put them off because I've seen them bigger than mine on some select ladies in this area.

This year I went naked for my check up, that is without kilt. It wasn't near as much fun.

The kilt may not be traditionally Irish but the Scots are traditionally Irish, whether they like it or not, and the blood runs both ways. Besides in times "Grand  Scheme of Things" the modern Kilt is a new thing even to them

The Black Watch kilt in the photo is a very inexpensive mail order acrilic (fake wool) of very light weight with knife pleats.  I buy them for cheap from Stillwater Kilts then sew down the pleats, taper the waist if necessary and hem them to fit my height. This one has had an added pocket under the front apron as seen in this post in April of 2011. Nothing ever fits me off the rack.

If you outgrow your clothes when you gain weight do you ingrow your clothes when you lose weight? If so then that is what happened here. It fit fine when I wore it to the VA but I tried it on a few days ago and could not wear it.  There is a little leeway with kilts but I had lost girth that was outside the envelope. I took care of that over the last two days.
Here it is on my makeshift work table which is my settee. This doesn't look like much but it was quite a job. It takes longer to take it apart than to put it back together. I have a whole new appreciation for re-tailoring clothes. I took six inches or so out of the waist and now it fits perfect.

I have another that needs attention but it is a reverse kingussie and I sure do dread it. It is symmetrical so it is going to require removing material from both sides which will require a bigger tear down. When I made it I did so with an eye to the future because I was and still am determined to get rid of the beer gut. It is still going to require a major tear down but the advantages to making your own clothes is "if you made it you can fix it".

Someday when I have it on I will try to get a photo.  It looks feels and smell like a kilt so I guess it is one unless I run into the kilt police.

Daylight Saving Time: Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.
— Anonymous