Math example for a 36" waist: 36/2 = 18" 18" x 3 = 54" finished length at waist
4" x 18" = 72" (the length needed for the pleated panel in back. This will be pleated until it equals 18")
72" + 18" + 18" = 108" For this kilt I would need 108" of fabric by however long I wanted it to be. Once pleated, this length will equal 54". Not quite the 8 yards of the traditional Scottish kilt, but it looks good and is a lot cheaper to make!
Here I am with my brother-in-law and husband sporting the latest in Scottish fashion! The boys demonstrated some "traditional" sword-fighting techniques.
I am not one to be outdone so later in the day I also did a bit of sword-fighting. We engaged in some traditional Highland games including the sheaf toss, the throwing of the Wellie (a boot), a simplified caber toss using landscape timbers, and the stone put (or rock throwing!) My best event was surprisingly the caber toss.
Here is my daughter in her kilt. I had just enough fabric to make her a sash to wear as well. Hers was made of the same fabric as mine (which was the closest I could find to the actual Leslie tartan). I discovered that day that I enjoyed wielding a sword much more than I thought I would! I recommend sewing up some kilts for your clan, Scottish or not, and having some Highland games. It's a lot of fun!