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Pleased would be an understatement for my degree of satisfaction with this kilt. I am ecstatic, proud and honored to wear such a fine piece of artisan workmanship.
First off, dealing with Bonnie was as easy as it could get. Excellent communication, the right questions and answers exchanged easily in a few emails, including measuring advice and details.
She kept me apprised of the status of my kilt frequently and even held onto it for an extra couple days when it was first completed while I was out of the country and would not have been at home to sign for it had she sent it.
After I received it we have been in communication to make sure everything was as expected, or in case she needed to take it back and make adjustments to get all the details right.
The kilt arrived well packaged, pleats neatly basted, along with the CD containing all the build up photos, and the excess fabric remaining after the kilt build.
I found that Bonnie Heather has extraordinary skills that transcend the tactile sewing skills that are central to the process of kiltmaking. Being so bold as to judge, I would award to her the following scores: communication = A, knowledgeability = A, timeframe = A, construction = A, appearance = A, price = A.
I wanted this kilt pleated to stripe. With tartan in hand, Bonnie presented me with three possibilities via photographs, and email. We discussed the merits of each, and despite the challenge that Bonnie would have to endure, I chose set to the double purple stripe.
First, I chose a tartan. Then, Bonnie inquired of mills in Scotland for 16 oz wool fabric.
Colors on computer monitors always vary, so Bonnie obtained a swatch of fabric from one mill, and threads that would be used to weave the fabric in the other mill, and mailed them to me. Based on the colors in the swatch compared to the threads, I asked Bonnie to have the mill weave fabric from the threads.
Bonnie sent me photographs as she built the kilt. It was next best to actually being there.
In my mind, satisfaction with an outcome is largely based upon one’s expectations. In this case, Bonnie and I had a great deal of coincident high expectations of each other, and our satisfaction with how this kilt turned out is in absolute harmony.
This is one fantastic kilt, and I will wear it to the Stone Mountain Highland Games next month.
Thank you, Bonnie. And I am looking forward to working with you soon on that green-and-yellow tartan that we talked about.
Tyger - Georgia
As with my previous kilt by Bonnie, she turned my order around in under three months, the workmanship and attention to detail is great, without visible unevenness of stitching and with impeccable piecing of the fell.
I asked Bonnie to add an inch extra rise while keeping the overall length the same and this one fits a bit nicer than my others, so I am creeping in on perfection one kilt at a time, as I learn more about the art and fitting factors. It fits great right on the middle hole of the two upper straps, and looks great, straight out of the box.
Same solid hardware, same clean and crisp finish and sharp edged pleating. 29 pleats, each three inches deep, plus a 1 inch reveal, plus a nice deep reverse pleat at the edge of the under apron.
Front apron is nicely tapered and wide enough to cover around and a little over the reverse pleat when strapped tight. 3 straps, two belt loops, double fringe, nice quality lining, and a cut out of the excess fabric in the fell, the pieces of which were included in the package along with the inch or two of leftover tartan.
Kilt was pleated to sett, and arrived in great condition with three rows of basting stitches well sewn.
So two happy kilted campers in matching Dutch Friendship Tartan kilts made by Bonnie Heather Greene, to match Mama's DFT pattern silk scarf. We can go out as a family and demonstrate our Dutch pride in spades. And to the best of our knowledge only the fourth DFT kilt in North America, after Robert Pel (Cannuck), Ron (Riverkilt), Carter (heretofore known as "the boy"), and now mine.
Bonnie used 8.2+ yards of tartan to build this beauty (a little over 40 repeats of the 7 3/8" sett repeat at the selvedge edge of the kilt) not including any extra needed for fringes and waistband, etc.. Considering my height and need for a 26" total drop from tartan only 140cm wide (each split half would only be 27.5" wide as single width) it probably took a bit more than 8.2 yds to make this baby. It is hard to describe invisible stitching as beautiful, but that is what the fell looks like, well matched pleated to sett, with 26 pleats plus on reverse, each 3.25-3.5 inches deep with a 1" reveal. Well tapered aprons and the usual touches to the bottom edge of the underapron and reverse pleat, along with solid and smooth black lining, and three straps and buckles rounds out the build. Fit like a glove when I strapped her on for the first time. Came with 4 full rows of basting stitches, the selvedge edge being doubled at that---took me ten anxious minutes to get those out so I could wear it to work last Saturday, and get these pictures taken as below. Bonnie was her usual communicative and pleasant self, very easy to work with from start to finish. And the overall price, especially considering the high level of workmanship (my wife was impressed) was, well let's just say it was more than reasonable. Another wearable work of art.
Thanks again Bonnie for all your efforts and labors, the results of which are displayed here.
I love what you have done. It's a wonderful kilt and fits me perfectly. thanks so much for your talents, craft and care.