The earasaid (aka erasaid or arisaid) is essentially the women's version of the greatkilt. Worn over an under-dress, the earasaid can be very versatile. It can be worn long or short, for warmth or for style. The perfect compliment to any period costume. Pleating instructions are included with each earasaid.
We make these earasaids from medium weight (12/13 oz.) premium wool tartan, woven in Scotland, 54" wide. Medium weight tartan will hang better and take a crisper pleat than light weight tartan. Many tartans are only available in medium weight. Because it's heavier, it my not be as light and comfortable to wear as homespun, synthetic blend, or light weight (10/11 oz.) tartan.
The earasaid has less fabric in it than a great kilt. Why? Because the earasaid generally doesn't wrap completely around the front like a greatkilt, and it has less pleats. An earasaid usually has just a few large pleats in the back sometimes even just bunched-up instead of pleated. I say "generally" and "usually" because the earasaid is so very versitile you can wear it however you want.
We make three different sizes of earasaid (2.5 yd, 3 yd, and 4 yd). There are two basic ways you can choose to wear an earasaid. Which size you choose depends on your waist size, and how you want to wear your earasaid.
Method #1: The earasaid will be worn from knee to mid-calf length (maximum of about 27" long). You should be able to bring fabric over one shoulder or both, and brooch it in front. You should have plenty of pleats, and enough fabric meet in the front, or overlap a bit if you want it to. A 2.5 yard earasaid will fit up to about a 34 inch waist, a 3 yard earasaid will fit up to about a 40 inch waist, and a 4 yard earasaid will fit 40+ inch waist sizes.
Method #2: The earasaid will be worn floor length. You should be able to bring fabric up over your head if you want to, and brooch it like a hooded cloak. Worn this way you'll be limited by the width of the fabric. You can make your earasaid fit almost any waist size, but you'll have only a few pleats, and just enough fabric meet in the front (maybe). This method works best with a 2.5 yd earasaid. You can make it work a 3 or (maybe) 4 yard earasaid, but you end up with too much fabric to deal with above your head and shoulders.
Pleating instructions are included with each earasaid (Earasaid Instructions.PDF). Because it's so versitile, we would encourage you to pleat it yourself each time you wear it. That way you can change the length and style or number of pleats any time you want to. However, we can pleat it for you and stitch everything into place. This makes it very easy to wear, but you'll need to decide on a length and stick with it. If you're interested, just add Cheater Pleats™ to your shopping cart after you add your earasaid.
NOTE — The earasaid pictured above is not necessarily medium weight wool. It was chosen as a good representation of an earasaid in general.
You'll notice in many of the photos that the earasaid is usually worn with an underdress and a bodice. We are working on making these products available, but for now your best option is to make them yourself. We don't sell patterns ourselves, but here are some we found that might be useful to you: