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How to Frame a Baby Kilt

When Little Legs becomes not so little anymore. 

 

One day you look up and your little one is no longer so little and you’re at a loss to know what to do with the ever admired and remarked upon baby kilt that they wore to weddings, Christmas and christenings. A photograph sits proudly on the sideboard of not just your household, but several others, and as you finger the hem and wonder what to do with this kilt made for little legs.

There are a few options of how to remember your baby’s kilt wearing days, now they are 10, 12 or 15. • Pass it down through the family
• Put it on Teddy
• Sew it into a quilt.

However if none of these appeal there is another option. (And by the way, there’s no need to wait till they are 10.) With tartan and stags and all things Scottish brightening up our living rooms a baby kilt in a nice frame is a pleasant addition.

Here’s how:

1. Before you start, make sure the item is clean and pressed.

2. Select items to be displayed with the kiltA photo of your little one in the kilt, any accessories, a reminder of the occasion: confetti, a program or song sheet. Try a few displays of the items out and see what looks the best. Or a simple kilt might be just perfect on it’s own.

3. Choose a Frame
A kilt is a bulky item, even a baby kilt, so one of the easiest ways to frame one is by using a deep frame. This is sometimes called a shadow frame. If there isn’t one to hand, try a standard frame, it might fit. Lots of places sell deep frames but if stuck for ideas both IKEA and Amazon stock them.

4. Attach the kilt to the back board of the frame. There are a few
choices on how to attach it, including:
• Self-adhesive velcro
• Sewing pins
• Command strips
• Double sided sticky tape.

Additional items can be placed with double sided sticky tape or blu tack.

5. Once attached hold the backboard up inside the frame.
• How does everything look?
• Move things around if they aren’t quite right.

6. Reattach the backboard to the frame and it’s ready to hang.

7. Sit back and admire your handy work and reminisce about the little legs in their baby kilt…unless they’re only 3 and have made off with the double sided sticky tape, scissors or pins!

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Meet the Maker

Reproduced here is a little getting to know you piece I wrote for the Glasgow Etsy Team, a community of makers here in Glasgow.

Today we speak to Glasgow Etsy member Laura Gilmour, the creative behind Little Legs Baby Kilts, she is based in Kirkintilloch, at the foot of the Campsie Hills. She works from her home studio and manages Little Legs around looking after her 2 boys, Rory and Arthur.

How did your business begin?

After having my eldest son, Rory, I found myself new to Glasgow and unable to find a job. With my dusty old sewing machine I made a baby kilt for a friends wedding, never thinking anything more than it was just a cute outfit. Friends saw the photos and I was inundated with request to make kilts for their babies. A few months later, having nothing to lose I started a business. Initially I sold on Etsy only, then set up my own website. I did eventually find part time work in the NHS, but the business grew to the stage where I could give that up and concentrate on Little Legs Baby Kilts fully.

Where do you create?

When trying to find the balance between looking after the kids and managing the business it was really important that I could have a dedicated space to work from home. When we moved house in 2014 we changed one of the bedrooms in to a studio. My entire business is cramped in to that one room, but it’s so nice to be able to shut the door when “work” time is over. It means that I can be flexible around the needs to my family too, utilising nap times and working evenings.

Where does your love of making come from?

My granny was a seamstress. Left widowed at a young age with 4 kids to look after she worked from home making curtains. I guess, this is where my desire to make things stems from, but I also loved making things as a child. My dad is an engineer and a bit of a hoarder, we used to spend hours in the garage creating things out of bits of old junk. I just love the thrill of turning something (especially something unwanted and discarded) in to something useful or beautiful.

How big is your crafting stash?

Massive! Even though I have a dedicated studio, I still have tartan literally bursting out of the room! So much so that I’ve now started selling my tartan remnants, as well as tweed and tartan by the metre. This has sold much better than I ever expected. That’s not to mention my non tartan crafting stash. I’m developing a reputation amongst my friends as being a bit of a hoarder.

What does your average working day look like?

As with most days, it starts with getting the little ones up and out the house to school and childcare, which usually involves a cycle along the canal with the dog. I then like to settle down with a coffee and some music to tackle my email inbox. It never fails to amaze me how much time is taken up with admin rather than sewing. Then I’ll make a start on the weeks orders, which includes cutting fabric for up to 25 kilts before I make a start on any sewing. Sewing takes up the remainder of the day. I have to admit I’m not very good at self care and often work through lunch. I really need to prioritise time to eat, go outside and breathe a little!

How do you stay inspired?

When you’re making to order, and doing the same thing most days it’s really important to mix things up a bit to prevent it feeling like a “job”. I have to be very mindful to make something for myself to inspire and reignite my love of sewing. Sometimes that’s clothes for myself, other times it’s patchwork quilts. Anything that refocusses me creatively works.

Where are you happiest?

We holiday often in Orkney and it’s definitely my happy place. I’m happiest on a windy beach in Orkney, peering into rock pools and watching the kids and dog splash in the water.

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On Making it in to Hello Magazine!

It’s not every day something so huge happens as your kilts getting into Hello magazine! (Issue 27 Aug 2018, pg 34/36 for anyone who wants to check it out). I’m not sure I entirely comprehend how it happened yet. It has made me reflect on business though and how much of it can be forced, and how much of it is just a matter of good timing and circumstances.

When my friend approached me to make kilts for her boys she said she had a wedding to go to in London. (Nice I thought), her sister in law was getting married. (Oh that’ll be a good family get together). So, as per usual I bought in the tartan, got the boys measured up, and put in the same amount of careful effort in to those kilts as I would any other kilt I make.

On the week of the wedding, she picks them up and tells me that the wedding is at St Paul’s London (Oh lovely I thought, thinking by St Pauls she meant a wee church in a  suburb somewhere not ST PAULS CATHEDERAL). The following Monday I casually enquire as to how the wedding went, that’s when I find out that the wedding is going to be featured in Hello Magazine. Cut to me driving around all the local newsagents and supermarkets trying to find  copy of the magazine, which incidentally doesn’t reach Scotland until Tuesday even though it’s issued on Monday.

When I eventually get my hands on one, there we are! Goodness me! Ok, so Little Legs Baby Kilts isn’t named, but it’s still a confidence boost. You can see my signature nappy pin/kilt pin on the wee page boys kilt, which is good enough for me. So, whilst I’m not expecting to be inundated with orders, it’s nice to be able to say our kilts were in Hello magazine.

Once it was public I did get lots of lovely messages of congratulations, and well done messages, and “you must be so proud”. Which to be honest, while gratefully received, left me a little perplexed. I did nothing to deserve it, there’s no magic formula to getting in to Hello Magazine. This particular customer was treated exactly the same as any other customer, the same amount of care and attention went in to those kilts as any other kilt I make. It was more a situation of happy circumstance, circumstances for which I’m grateful for yes, but nothing to be congratulated on I’m sure.

Regardless Thank you for all your well wishes. I hope that the wedding makes the couple as happy as my mum was when she found out that my kilts were in Hello!

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Heatwave!

Phew! It’s hot out there isn’t it? My little ones aren’t used to this, being true Scotsmen they prefer things a little cooler, darker and damper. My garden and I, however, are not complaining.

The unseasonably hot weather has prompted a few questions about wearing a kilt in hot weather. We can totally understand, the thought of putting your little one in wool doesn’t seem so appealing.  Here are a few considerations, things that you are do to make your little one more comfortable.

  1. Kilts – If you’re concerned about putting your little one in wool, whilst we understand your concerns, think about the style of the kilt. Your little ones legs aren’t enclosed in trousers, air is free to circulate, cooling your baby. All our kilts are made from lightweight wool, very different to the heavyweight wool of a mans kilt, again maintaining comfort. You can opt for the poly viscoise option if you prefer. We wouldn’t recommend letting your babies go full Scotsmans though until they’re potty trained…. far too messy!

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2. Shirts –  Our white collared bodysuits come with long sleeves as standard, though we can provide short sleeved ones on request. Another option would be teaming the kilt withe one of the loose fitting Jacobite shirts, available in our Arran package. Much more comfortable in the hot climate.

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3. Socks and accessories – honestly, it’s hot, we’d suggest not bothering with the waistcoat, socks or accessories. Or at least doing away with them as soon as possible.

Enjoy it while it lasts everyone! Taps Aff!

 

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The Call of the Wild

Go out.jpgAs someone with strong introvert tendencies, who spends a lot of time alone, the importance of getting outside is a discipline I must remind myself of every day.

I love the freedom of working alone, the being able to set my own pace, set my own timetable and balance it against the needs to my small family. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful that this allows me to be the mother and wife that I want to be.

But working alone comes with it’s challenges. Getting so engrossed in your work, or so busy that I forget to eat, forget to go outside for a walk, to sit in the garden and feel the rare sunshine on my face. As is forgetting how to talk to an adult after spending the day alone, sometimes with the kids and the dog for company, but mainly just those weird days when you’ve forgotten how to have a conversation. Sometimes when my poor husband gets home he’s greeted by grunts and a monosyllabic wife, consumed with the thoughts that have been racing round my head all day because there’s no one to interrupt them, or tell her to chill out, stop worrying, it doesn’t matter.

It’s in those silent days in the studio that the thoughts can take a hold and before you know it set a pattern for your mood for the whole day. A mood taking hold that wasn’t there in the morning when you were woken by a sleepy eyed baby, arms outstretched high for warm morning cuddles.

This is why I like this poem, a reminder to go outside. Get out and remember that the world is bigger than my small studio, silence those silly thoughts that take hold, that chance meeting with the postman or a neighbour to practise speaking to other adults. A reminder to pause, to take a moment in the day to rest, to find a little peace, to realign myself. A reminder that most things can be blown way with a fresh breeze and birdsong.