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    DIY Raiffnuke Hiking Kilt

    After making and wearing my DIY Raiffnuke Rain Kilt for a hike in the summer weather we have been having, I decided I needed a light weight, breathable hiking kilt. So, using a generous donation from a HF friend of mine (thanks mbnow!), I came up with my DIY Raiffnuke Hiking Kilt. The kilt is 22" tall (from waist to knees) and the raw (unpleated) length is 7 1/2 yds. The finished length is 64". I made this out of 1.1 ACU ripstop. The finished weight is 6.2 oz. The construction took between 5 and 6 hours to complete from beginning to end, not counting the design phase. I made a really neat spreadsheet in excel to lay out the plans, and if I can figure out how to attach it, I will.

    So, without further ado...here are some pictures....

    Raiffnuke Hiking Kilt, Front:



    Back:



    Inside Pleats:



    Inside Pleat Detail:



    Outside Front:



    Outside Back:



    Outside Pleat Detail (this looks a little crooked, but that is from the gathering caused by the elastic in the waistband):



    Kilt Pattern.xls So, here is the Excel pattern that I made. If you click on the little 1 & 2 in the top left of the spreadsheet, you can change views to see it pleated and unpleated. Some of the data got lost in the conversion from .xlsx to .xls, sorry, can't do much about that.

    The pictures don't do the kilt justice. You can't really see how well the pleats lay and move. Each pleat, 27 in total, is 8" deep with 1" over lap, so 9" in total fabric length in each pleat. Every pleat is stitched the entire vertical length from top to bottom on the inside fold and stitched 4" from the top on the outside fold, half of which is covered and hidden by the waistband. There is a lot of detail that went into this project and I hope the finished product shows how much work went into this.

    Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
    Last edited by raiffnuke; 06-05-2012 at 13:21.

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    Some fantastic work there - you never cease to amaze! No is that the semi see through ACU fabric though?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon360 View Post
    Some fantastic work there - you never cease to amaze! No is that the semi see through ACU fabric though?!
    Thanks! and with only 1 layer, the fabric is see through but the front, the apron, is 2 layers, and the pleats are as much as 12 layers thick depending on how they are laying. You can't see through 2 layers, and when I hike I usually have something on underneath to keep the insects away! The only issue I think that I will have with this light of a material is having a Marilyn Monroe moment on windy days!

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    That's pure dead brilliant, that is! But do keep away from the subway vents, though

    BTW--great job on those pleats!
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    Very nice job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by timabababaluka View Post
    That's pure dead brilliant, that is! But do keep away from the subway vents, though

    BTW--great job on those pleats!
    Thank you! And don't worry, I don't plan to get anywhere near those vents while wearing this one!

    The pleats were difficult at first, almost 8 yds of material is a lot to work with...I found that a chalk line if a very useful tool to mark fabric.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Tattoo View Post
    Very nice job!
    Thank you very much.

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    Looks great my friend

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    Very cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukon View Post
    Looks great my friend
    Quote Originally Posted by stevebo View Post
    Very cool!
    Thank you both very much!

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    Looks good. Wish I was that talented.

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