In Wellington since 1946
Welcome to McPhee's
McPhee’s have been making kilts in New Zealand since 1946. Our kilts are hand stitched in the traditional manner and, with care, will last for generations. It is not unusual for a customer to bring us a kilt to be altered to fit the original buyer’s grandson or even great grandson.
In terms of style our kilts are made to sit two inches above the waist.
All the fabric we use for kilts is imported from mills in Scotland. Tartan can be imported by the metre and as prices vary mill to mill please ask for a quote.
10oz (For Dancing)
13oz (Standard for kilts)
16oz (heavy weight ideal for Bands)
McPhee’s made to measure kilt
Irish tartans available:
All Ireland Blue, All Ireland Green, All Ireland Red, Connaught, Connemara, Leinster, Munster, St Patrick, Ulster gold, Ulster Red
Choose your tartan. Ask family members which tartan you might wear, ask if any other members of the family had kilts and which tartan they wore. We can email you pictures of the tartans available in your clan. If you contact us and let us know which tartan you prefer we can let you know whether it is an "old and rare" tartan or an easily available tartan.
Take measurements. Have a look at the kilt measuring form and if you have any queries either phone us so we can talk you through the process or email us and we will phone you back. It is vital that this step is done correctly. Please see the image provided with measurement indicators:
Waist Measurement (1)- this is around the waist, at the navel and is a snug measurement.
Seat Measurement (2) - this is a loose measurement around the widest part of the bottom. Ensure you have nothing in your pockets.
Length measurement (3) - this needs to be completed by another person. If you try and do this yourself you will lean over and not get a correct measurement.
Measure from navel to the floor when kneeling. Kneel up straight and do not lean forward. This is the finished length.
Your Height (enables the kilt maker to visualise the finished kilt).
Please take care when you take these measurements. The kilt will be made to the measurements you supply. Any subsequent adjustment required will be at the client's cost.
Start to finish usually takes a couple of months but varies according to season and if the postal service is slower than usual.