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18th century trews

18th century trews



For a long time, I have admired the appearance of trews (triubhas in Scottish Gaelic/Gàidhlig) being worn in images of Scottish Highlanders at the turn of the century (18th to 19th).  Finally, I got to making a pair, knowing that we will be celebrating the wedding of my good friend and piper, Jeremy Kingsbury at Grand Portage National Monument this year for their historic event.

I had no real pattern, but looking at various images from the period as well as looking at the construction of far older medieval to 16th century hosen and trousers, I pieced together a pair from some 100% wool fabric I picked up on eBay for $4.  Overall, I am quite pleased with the look and construction of the final garment and how it fits.

Anyway, I would like to take a moment to share images of what I created as well as some historic images from the period I am trying to replicate.

2 Responses to “18th century trews”

  1. Gary Driver says:

    These are awesome, only if I were 30 years younger.


  2. Robert W. Walker says:

    Scotland is cold in the Winter. Trews are an excellent dresswear for the legs and upper thighs… Scottish Leggings!
    Good job!

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