Kilted for Kids' Cancer

This is my youngest son, Michael, when he was 2.5 years old. I snapped this photo in the hospital on the day he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It was one of darkest days of my life.

We spent three and a half years in treatments – ranging from daily oral chemo, sedation, spinal taps and surgery. I was a single mom with two young kids, trying to get through college and barely able to work. There was a lot of crying, toughening up, fighting and worries. My eldest son missed school and having a normal childhood and my youngest had his entire reality shifted. We were poor, tired and ragged… but we survived. My son is in remission and has been out of treatment for two long years.

One of the best gifts we were given during that terrible time was trip to DisneyLand via Make-A-Wish and the people that really made it home for us while we were there was Give Kids The World Village (http://gktw.org/).

Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need. 100,000 children have had their dream come true at Give Kids The World. No child in need has ever been turned away – and no child ever will. Give Kids The World is a place where families find joy, laughter, serenity, and a lifetime of memories. Through the tireless support of our volunteers, employees and generous partners, we dedicate each and every day to these special families.

Kilted for Kids' Cancer
We believe in gifts. As a family, we have been through a lot of hard time but have come out on top and we want to thank all of those people who helped us through it all. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month but our gratitude lasts all year round so we have started a movement to help give back that will not end when the month is over.

First and foremost, we want to thank our customers who have made Alt.Kilt what it is today. For the rest of the month of September, we are giving away our kid's kilts for free. Each one will have our Kilted for Kids' Cancer screen printed small on the front apron. Shipping will be added to each free kilt order. As an option, we are also collecting donations for Give Kids The World so you have the choice to write in a donation amount with your order of a kid's kilt - there is *NO* requirement to donate. Either way, the kilts are free for all kids until the end of September.


Micheal during treatmentMicheal during treatmentThe rest of our gifts are going directly benefit our choice charity.

We are hosting an eBay auction for the next seven days featuring a "Custom Build Kilt" - you can have any thing you want (excluding full leather)... all of our fabrics, customizations - including screen printing, embroidery, unique pockets and color combination, and this even includes any of our specialty styles (as is or modified). 100% of the profits of this auction will go directly to Give Kids The World.

For our adult kilt fans, we are also offering the addition of the Kilted for Kids' Cancer logo (as seen on the right) screen print to your Alt.Kilt order. A $25 donation has been added to the cost of the basic classic kilt and this will be passed directly on to Give Kids The World. The kilt can still be built with all available options and fabric choices. Please check out our KfKC Store: http://www.altkilt.com/catalog/34.

We are also offering a selection of T-shirts and accessories that will have our Kilted for Kids' Cancer logo on it. We are donating 100% of the profits from these items to Give Kids the World for this year and every year. These will be updated as the month goes on - so check our Twitter and Facebook as new items are added. Most of these are pre-orders (as with the patches) or made-to-order as with the t-shirts. Suggestions are always welcome.

Thank you for your support of Alt.Kilt and our dedication to Give Kids the World.Give Kids The World - MichealGive Kids The World - Micheal

Packaging reuse program

Alt.Kilt PackagingAlt.Kilt PackagingBeing a one person shop has left me to come up with interesting ways to solve problems. When I first started making kilts, I delivered every single one to clients. But soon, Alt.Kilt grew to be a more mail orientated business and I had to figure out how to package and send a kilt. I couldn't bring myself to just put it in a box and send it off but I also didn't have the desire or the resources to invest in plastic bagging systems. I wanted something that respected the handmade nature of my work so I started to wrap each kilt in spare fabric and tie the bundle up with ribbon, slipping in my business cards on the top.

Many of our customers have found ways to reuse their kilt packaging - mainly for storage of their Alt.Kilt but some have also used it as fabric for other projects. But I assume that many others are unable to use that packaging again so I think it is time to have a recycle program for that aspect. My kilts are made with new materials so that I can guarantee the quality of my product but I use the scrap to make my line of spare pockets and other accessories. Reusing the kilt packaging wrap would be the best new way to cut down waste produced by Alt.Kilt.

Each kilt order that mails out starting July 26th, 2010 will have a small envelop tucked inside the Priority Mail box. This envelope will be stamped and ready to go. If you decide you don't need your packaging wrap for the storage of your kilt, please just fold it up inside and drop it in the mail. I will reuse all the packaging I get back in the mail. If you previously received your kilt and still have your wrap that you want to return to us, please send it to our address on the Contact Us page or email me for a pre-set envelope.

Thank you!

New Kilt - Military Kilt

Military Inspired KiltMilitary Inspired Kilt
New Kilt Introduction Special - I am currently offering this kilt for $250 till July 1st, 2010. After that point, it will return to its standard price of $325.

This custom made kilt come in olive drab but is hand distressed to add age and character. It features a dual cargo pocket on the right hand side and a small box latch floating pocket on the left hand side. This pocket can be customized to fit a special item - currently, it comfortably fits an iphone. There is a dual utility loop also on the left hand side and the entire kilt has brown leather and brass accents, such a d-ring, clips and buckles. The front apron features one of our signature cross apron latches, specifically the dual cross-over. Due to the nature of distressing by hand, there will be slight variations in each kilt.

Please let us know when ordering if you do *not* want the kilt distressed - we are happy to leave it plain for you. This kilt can also be done in different fabrics, especially any of our camouflage patterns, and can also be combined with other options such as the accent pleat. Just put a note on your order or contact us to discuss details.

New Fabric Option - Dress Weight 100% Cotton Twill


In talking with our clients and after some careful research, we have decided to add a new fabric option to our store. Our concern was finding a lighter weight cotton fabric that was still heavy enough to hold the pleats, be durable and washable, look good as a completed kilt and not blow up in the wind. We have finally found a fabric we are pleased with and after a few trial runs, our customers seem happy too. It come in all the same colors that the heavy weight cotton that is currently our standard. Please email us with any questions about your fabric choice needs.

Q: What is the different between the heavy weight cotton twill and the dress cotton?
A: Fabric is hard to describe in words but we'll try to give it a shot. The dress weight cotton was added as a second choice because it offers a bit more movement to the kilt and also because it looks dressier. The fabric base is similar to what is used for sewing dress pants and Dockers and has a slight sheen to it. It lays nicely and is relatively wrinkle free. Many other contemporary kilts are made in this weight fabric, though our style of hemming does help the pleats stay true. The heavy weight fabric is 10oz twill so therefore it is more like Carhartt fabric. A finished kilt in this fabric weight about double the dress weight and is incredibly durable but has a more casual appearance over all. We are happy to send you samples of the fabric if you want to feel them before deciding.

Auction for Doctors Without Borders


Please check out our Charity Auction and share it: http://tinyurl.com/y9koons

100% Profit of this auction will go to Doctors Without Borders for the Haiti Relief Efforts.

About this nonprofit:
Doctors Without Borders is an international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to those affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural & man-made disasters. The first non-governmental organization to provide emergency medical assistance & bear witness publicly to the plight of those it assists, we have a long history of providing urgent medical assistance in Haiti & we are on the ground working to treat earthquake survivors & meet the huge needs that are only beginning to emerge.

About this Auction:
The kilt will be made of 100% heavy cotton of buyers choice of color and will also include any of our options that the buyer wishes. A handsome urbanwear kilt with a button front closure, box pleats and double turn hem bottom. Each kilt is made specifically for the customer at time of purchase and can be completely customized to fit the wearer's needs. We have a huge variety of colors and options listed on our website: http://www.altkilt.com and this auction kilt can have any or all of them! We will contact you after the auction is done to work out the details of your custom kilt.

Capricon Pre-sale! Free Shipping.

Capricon Pre-sale!Capricon Pre-sale!

Alt.Kilt and the Alt.Kilt Steam Shop will be vending this year at Capricon 30: Celebration! and we have decided to do a pre-sale for those attending (and honestly, those who are not could also get in on this) by having free delivery at the Convention!

Until the end of January - all orders placed though our shop on Etsy, 1000 Markets or AltKilt.com will have free shipping! Please note in your order if you want it to be delivered in person to you for Capricon and we will have them at our booth in the vending area. Due to the way Etsy and 1000 Markets are set up - this means free shipping for all orders even if they are not being delivered at the Convention. At Altkilt.com, please just choose the option of "Pick up in Person" and put Capricon in the notes.

As usual - Please check out our Flickr Pool, Twitter and our Facebook Page. Thank you!

Denim and Leather kilt - $175

Denim and Leather KiltDenim and Leather Kilt

Featuring a cross-apron, this charcoal denim custom kilt is tricked out with black leather accents and silver rivets. It has a singled covered back pocket and can also have cargo pockets added. This kilt can be made in either denim or any color of our heavy weight 100% cotton. Leather comes standard in black or put a note in the order if you are interested in another color.

Available now at http://www.altkilt.com/node/226

Capricon 30: Celebrate Fandom (Wheeling, IL)

Capricon 30Capricon 30Join us in the Dealer's Room at Capricon 30 (Feb. 11-14, 2010 in Wheeling, IL). Capricon (http://www.capricon.org/capricon30/index.php) is a four day Science Fiction Convention held annually in the Chicago area. We will have a bunch of Steampunk Accessories for sale and will also have our kilts for display and order.

Also, Pre-sale for delivery at Capricon (save on shipping and guarantee you have your items at the start of the convention) will start early next week - check back here for more information!

Obvious Magazine Editorial - January 2010

Alt.Kilt exclusive Kilt It with Obvious Magazine (http://www.obviousmag.com) - by photographer Jerris Madison (www.jerrismadison.com) and featuring model Derrick Smith (www.twitter.com/thederricksmith). There are 9 pages of photos on their website - Please check them out! The kilts used were custom built for the shoot and showcase some of our newest designs.

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