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How to keep your Little Legs warm in a Christmas kilt.

If you’re looking for some traditional Scottish Christmas gifts or hand crafted loveliness going back though the centuries it’s going to be a tough job. Mainly because Google is going to tell you that Christmas wasn’t widely celebrated in Scotland and it only achieved holiday status in 1958. Fortunately for you Scotland caught up fast, which could be because the national dress is warm, wooly and cosy not to mention colourful and often RED!

Certainly tartan lends itself to Christmas decorations – ribbons, stockings for the fireplace with a cracking great tartan stag’s head above. So why not carry on the theme and keep your little one cosy in their little tartan kilt! But wait, it’s not trousers, it could get chilly, how to keep your little one warm for the festive kilt look? What about some under kilt leggings, wooly or other. A kilt and an Aran jumper or cardigan is a winning combination. Anything bulky and wooly will work. Even that super cute Christmas jumper with the penguin on it.

So that’s the little one dressed and if you’re feeling adventurous and thinking about adopting more traditions from around the world here’s a few to consider:

  • A traditional Christmas Eve gift for boys in Greece is a boat.
  • In Caracas people roller skate to church on Christmas morning. It’s so popular they even close the roads. (We should totally try this KBC folk!)
  • A 1974 Kentucky Fried Chicken ad campaign in Japan was so successful that even now, although Christmas isn’t a holiday there, families spend Christmas Eve in a KFC.
  • And it’s fried caterpillars for good luck in the coming year for lots of South Africans.

I wouldn’t blame you if after reading about fried caterpillars and roller skating you decide not to spend Christmas day with the family  in A&E. It might be easier to stick with the tartan decorations and your little one in their Little Legs baby kilt. Whatever you decide to do, or get roped into, enjoy some tartan festive time!

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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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