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Phillabeg "Little Kilt"

What's a Phillabeg? The phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or "little kilt"), with Cheater Pleats™ and straps and buckles added, is my favorite kilt. I wear them all summer long to pretty much every event we attend. They are light and comfortable, and allow maximum freedom of movement. And they look cool! Modern, tailored kilts are often referred to incorrectly as "little kilts". The little kilt, or phillabeg, or feilidh-beag, is actually an earlier predecessor of today's modern kilt. Unlike a modern kilt, it... [more]
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$159.00
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Braveheart Phillabeg Made in the USA from the same 100% wool tartan, woven in Scotland by the same weaver, as the kilts used in the filming of the...

$79.00
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Homespun Wool Blend Phillabeg The phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or "little kilt"), with Cheater Pleats™ and straps and buckles added, is...

$159.00
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Rob Roy Movie Tartan Phillabeg Made in the USA from the same 100% wool tartan, woven in Scotland by the same weaver, as the kilts used in the filming of...

$79.00
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Homespun Wool Blend Irish Phillabeg Our phillabegs (little kilt) are made in the USA from our Homespun wool blend tartan. The Phillabeg is an early...

$229.00
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Light Weight Premium Wool Phillabeg The phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or "little kilt"), with Cheater Pleats™ and straps and buckles...

$129.00
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Poly Viscose Phillabeg (Catalog tartan list P tartans) The phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or "little kilt"), with Cheater Pleats™ and...

$279.00
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Phillabegs (Little Kilts) made from officially licensed OUTLANDER: The Series Tartans! The same 100% premium wool tartan fabric, woven by the same weaver in Scotland, as the tartans used in the making of OUTLANDER: The Series. Now you can own and wear your very own OUTLANDER Kilt! The OUTLANDER tartans are woven as a hopsack plain weave with a wash only to give it that natural look. The weight of the wool is 12oz with a kilting selvedge. The tartan is woven in Scotland, the kilts are made by us in the USA. What's a Phillabeg? The phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or little kilt), with Cheater Pleats and straps and buckles added, is my favorite kilt! I wear them all summer long to pretty much every event we attend. They are light and comfortable, and allow maximum freedom of movement. And they look cool! Compared to the Great Kilt (worn in OUTLANDER: The Series) which is made from double-width tartan (up to 60 inches wide), the Phillabeg is made from single-width tartan (up to 30 inches wide).This means you don't have the bulk of fabric above the belt that you would with a Great Kilt. Why a Phillabeg instead of a Great Kilt? For one thing they're less expensive, because they're made from half as much tartan. For another, they are a lot cooler to wear in hot weather. You'll want a Great Kilt if you want your kilt to look just like the kilts in OUTLANDER: The series. However, if you live in Texas, or you plan to wear your kilt to a Ren-Fest in mid-summer heat anywhere but Alaska, you'll appreciate the much lighter, much cooler, OUTLANDER Phillabeg. For more general information about Phillabegs, please see our Phillabegs pages. Just like kilts in OUTLANDER: The Series, the Phillabeg is traditionally pleated each time you wear it. Pleating instructions will be included with your kilt (you can also download them here). Basically, you lay your kilt out on clean ground, the floor, or a bed. Pull fabric into pleats until it is nearly all used, leaving just enough to wrap around you. Then the whole works is held around you with your belt. If you don't want to pleat your kilt yourself, we offer Cheater Pleats as a convenient option. If you choose Cheater Pleats, we'll pleat the kilt for you, and stitch in a hidden waistband to hold it together. Once you belt it on, no one will know you didn't pleat it yourself! Our standard options are pleat-to-sette, lightly ironed. If you would like different cheater pleat options, choose the "Custom" option, and add the Cheater Pleats product to your order in addition to your kilt. NOTE - We ask for size information to be sure that your kilt will fit you correctly, but we do not pleat the kilt for you unless you select Cheater Pleats as an option.

$349.00
Please allow 4-12 weeks for delivery.
Old & Rare Tartans Premium Wool Phillabeg (catalog tartan list F, rare tartans) What's a Phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or "little...

$239.00
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Medium Weight Premium Wool Phillabeg What's a Phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or "little kilt")? See our main Phillabeg page for more...

$179.00
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Light Weight Premium Wool Irish Tartan Phillabeg Our phillabegs (little kilt) are made in the USA from our light weight premium wool tartan that is woven...

$279.00
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Heavy Weight Premium Wool Phillabeg (catalog tartan lists G & H tartans) What's a Phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or "little...
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$139.00
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Phillabeg Kilts made from the officially Licensed OUTLANDER: The Series Poly/Viscose Tartans! These poly/viscose tartans are a wool-free version of the tartans created for, and worn by your favorite characters, in OUTLANDER The Series! Now you can have your very own OUTLANDER poly/viscose kilt! Whether you are allergic to wool, or just want a great looking tartan for less than premium wool, our OUTLANDER synthetic blend is a great way to go! Our Poly/Viscose Tartan is hard wearing and cool to wear. To the untrained eye it is nearly indistinguishable from expensive 100% wool tartan. The OUTLANDER tartans are woven as a hopsack plain weave with a wash only, to give it that natural look. The weight of the fabric is 12oz, with a kilting selvedge. The tartan is woven in the UK, and each OUTLANDER poly/viscose Pphillabeg Kilt is custom-made by us in the USA. What's a Phillabeg? The phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or little kilt), with Cheater Pleats and straps and buckles added, is my favorite kilt! I wear them all summer long to pretty much every event we attend. They are light and comfortable, and allow maximum freedom of movement. And they look cool! Compared to the Great Kilt (worn in OUTLANDER: The Series) which is made from double-width tartan (up to 60 inches wide), the Phillabeg is made from single-width tartan (up to 30 inches wide).This means you don't have the bulk of fabric above the belt that you would with a Great Kilt. Why a Phillabeg instead of a Great Kilt? For one thing they're less expensive, because they're made from half as much tartan. For another, they are a lot cooler to wear in hot weather. You'll want a Great Kilt if you want your kilt to look just like the kilts in OUTLANDER: The series. However, if you live in Texas, or you plan to wear your kilt to a Ren-Fest in mid-summer heat anywhere but Alaska, you'll appreciate the much lighter, much cooler, OUTLANDER Phillabeg. For more general information about Phillabegs, please see our Phillabegs pages. Just like kilts in OUTLANDER: The Series, the Phillabeg is traditionally pleated each time you wear it. Pleating instructions will be included with your kilt (you can also download them here). Basically, you lay your kilt out on clean ground, the floor, or a bed. Pull fabric into pleats until it is nearly all used, leaving just enough to wrap around you. Then the whole works is held around you with your belt.

$299.00
Please allow 4-12 weeks for delivery.
Heavy Weight Phillabeg What's a Phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or "little kilt")? See our main Phillabeg page for more information....

$269.00
Please allow 4-12 weeks for delivery.
Medium Weight Irish Phillabeg Our phillabegs (little kilt) are made in the USA from our medium weight premium wool tartan that is woven in Scotland. The...

$269.00
Please allow 4-12 weeks for delivery.
Medium Weight Premium Wool Phillabeg (list E) What's a Phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or "little kilt")? See our main Phillabeg page...

$179.00
Please allow 4-12 weeks for delivery.
US Army Light Weight Phillabeg Our Phillabegs are made in the USA from light weight (11 oz.) or medium weight (13oz) premium wool tartan, woven in...

$179.00
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US Marine Corps Light Weight Phillabeg Our Phillabegs are made in the USA from light weight (11 oz.) or medium weight (13oz) premium wool tartan, woven...

$179.00
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US Navy Light Weight Phillabeg Our Phillabegs are made in the USA from light weight (11 oz.) or medium weight (13oz) premium wool tartan, woven in...

$179.00
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US Airforce Light Weight Phillabeg Our Phillabegs are made in the USA from light weight (11 oz.) premium wool tartan, woven in Scotland. Light weight...

$219.00
Please allow 4-12 weeks for delivery.
US Airforce Medium Weight Phillabeg Our Phillabegs are made in the USA from light weight (11 oz.) or medium weight (13oz) premium wool tartan, woven in...

$219.00
Please allow 4-12 weeks for delivery.
US Marine Corps Medium Weight Phillabeg Our Phillabegs are made in the USA from light weight (11 oz.) or medium weight (13oz) premium wool tartan,...

$219.00
Please allow 4-12 weeks for delivery.
US Army Medium Weight Phillabeg Our Phillabegs are made in the USA from light weight (11 oz.) or medium weight (13oz) premium wool tartan, woven in...

$219.00
Please allow 4-12 weeks for delivery.
US Navy Medium Weight Phillabeg Our Phillabegs are made in the USA from light weight (11 oz.) or medium weight (13oz) premium wool tartan, woven in...

What's a Phillabeg?

The phillabeg (a.k.a. phille-bheagh, feilidh-beag, or "little kilt"), with Cheater Pleats™ and straps and buckles added, is my favorite kilt. I wear them all summer long to pretty much every event we attend. They are light and comfortable, and allow maximum freedom of movement. And they look cool!
Modern, tailored kilts are often referred to incorrectly as "little kilts". The little kilt, or phillabeg, or feilidh-beag, is actually an earlier predecessor of today's modern kilt. Unlike a modern kilt, it is not a tailored garment. It is simply a length of tartan about 25" wide and 4-6 yds long, loosely bunched or pleated, and held at the waist with a belt. It is worn to about the middle of the knee, just like any other kilt. One of the things that makes a phillabeg distinctive, is that it has a few inches of tartan flapping over the belt. This flap-over helps keep the belt in place — without it, the kilt might slip loose from the belt, leaving you standing in your skivvies (or worse!).

Phillabeg History
The phillabeg can be traced historically back to at least the late 1600's. The first evidence of any pleats being stitched down in the modern fashion doesn't appear until 1792 (actual kilt in the possession of the Scottish Tartan Society).
You have probably all heard the story of the Englishman, Thomas Rawlinson, who opened a factory in the highlands early in the 1700's. It was very quickly discovered that wearing a Great Kilt in a factory was a bad idea, as they tended to get caught in the machinery and drag their unfortunate wearer in with them. Even still, the proud Scotsmen would not consider the thought of discarding their kilts, even to save their lives. Then someone came up with a great idea — they would just cut off the portion of their greatkilt above the belt, freeing them of their greatest hazard, while still allowing them to wear the whole kilt outside of work. This eventually evolved into today's kilt and fly-plaid. This is a great story, and probably has plenty of truth to it, but the fact is the phillabeg was being worn prior to the events of this story.

More likely it was a simple convenience or economic consideration. The Great Kilt was actually constructed of two separate pieces of tartan stitched together lengthwise. Looms of the day were only capable of weaving fabric up to 28" wide, closer to 25" probably being more common. So for a greatkilt, you wove 8 or 9 yards of tartan, cut it into a couple of 4- 4 1/2 yd lengths, then stitched them together into a single piece about 50" wide and 4- 4 1/2 yds long. This became a very versatile piece of clothing - it could also be your blanket or tent when needed. But picture for a moment your stereotypical bachelor - is he really going to go through all that trouble when he could just grab a chunk of single-width tartan off the loom and just wear it? For the lone bachelor, the widower, or the dirt-poor highlander, it just makes sense that the phillabeg would be a common choice. Being the least expensive kilt we sell, it's a good choice for you too.

 

Sizing
A 4 yard kilt will fit up to about a 34 inch waist, a 5 yard kilt will fit up to about a 44 inch waist, and a 6 yard kilt will fit up to about a 50 inch waist. If you are larger than this please contact us for pricing on larger kilts. Also, If your waist size is close to one of these limits, consider the next size larger if you want deeper pleats or pleats closer together. For example:
If you have a 34 inch waist, a 4yd greatkilt will have pleats 1.5 - 2 inches wide and 3-4 inches deep. A 5yd greatkilt will have pleats approximately 1 inch wide and 3-4 inches deep or 1.5 - 2 inches wide and 6-8 inches deep. In this example a 6yd kilt would be overkill with a 34 inch waist, but it would have pleats about 1 inch wide and 6-8 inches deep.

Pleats
Pleating instructions are included with each kilt. Traditionally these kilts are pleated each time you wear them. We ask for size information to be sure that your kilt will fit you correctly, but we do not pleat the kilt for you unless you also select Cheater Pleats™ (highly recommended) as an additional option