Tag Archives: tartan

  • Tartan frockery parade

    November 5, 2015

    Now that the clocks have changed, and that time of year is almost upon us  - St Andrew's Day on 30th November, that is, not the dreaded C season for which there is still plenty of time to prepare  -  we Scots frockers invariably turn our attention to tartan trendsetting in this land  of haggis, shortbread and deep fried Mars bars. Several days of permanent fog have depressed our mood considerably, so we are ditching the plains and embracing the plaids to stave off SAD syndrome and all things dreich!

    Having been absent from regular blogging duties recently, due entirely to being exceptionally busy in the shop and having only a skeleton staff  (not nearly enough deep fried Mars bars at Frockery HQ!), we are delighted to present this November's tartan parade from our current catalogue. We have more in our stock room awaiting listing, so watch this space if you are a tartan fan.

    Short or medium length kilts, in Royal Stuart or Black Watch tartan

    short red tartan kilt  Black watch tartan kilt skirt

    Maxi kilts from Mulberry or Scott the Kiltmaker [see more kilts]

    mulberry maxi kilt  vintage tartan maxi kilt

    Mixed monochrome

    Pepe Jeans monochrome mixed print maxi dress    Sybil Zelker black and white plaid dress

    Outer wear

    vintage tartan wool jacket     Per Una plaid cape with corsage

    Check out the Converse

    converse blue check    black and white check Converse

    or classic beige nova check

    nova check scarf    burberrys nova check silk tie

    Liberty tartan trim or casual Fred Perry

    liberty dress shirt tartan bow tie  fred perry tartan shirt

    And so to bed (with a wee dram)...

    vintage tartan wool dressing gown

    Browse our Scots Frockery department for more tartan, tweed, mohair, Fair Isle and Aran knitwear.


  • Tartan an' Tweed'll Dee for the Ballater Victoria Week

    August 6, 2015

    janice scottie bag 2

    Anyone who has taken part in the Frockery Eco-Fashion challenge over the past few years will  recognise our chief judge, Janice Stewart, from the striking photograph above. Although her craft business Tweed'll Dee by Notions is based just 12 miles from Frockery HQ, our paths first crossed online when Janice entered and (twice!) won our challenge by wowing us all with her creativity and flair, her unique sense of style and wonderful sense of fun.

    Janice, who originally hails from Ballater on Royal Deeside, has recently been very busy preparing for the Ballater Victoria Week, at which she will be launching and showcasing the brand new BVW tartan,  designed by a local wee lassie, Lizzie Scripps, in celebration of Homecoming Scotland 2014 and first woven this year.

    You'll find her  strutting her tartan stuff at the Victoria Hall, Station Square, Ballater, on Saturday 8th August from 11am until 4pm. Full details of the event can be found on the Official Launching of Ballater Victoria Week Tartan Facebook Page, where some merchandise is also available to buy online.

    janice scottie bag

    janice scottie bag 3

    Tweed'll Dee generously sponsored the initial production of 10m of 11oz double-width woollen tartan, and Janice has used it to create a small range of products, some of which will be sold in aid of BVW.

    Explaining her proud involvement in her 'home town' project, Janice said:

    “On choosing the business name Tweed’ll Dee,  I based it loosely on the Doric language (‘Tweed Will Do’), still prevalent in my home town and, although I now live in Brechin, I’m not that far from my roots! Tweed’ll Dee by Notions is proud to be the sole supplier and sponsor of the initial set-up and first production run of this special edition tartan fabric!"

    She promises there will be lots of lovely products available to buy, including one-offs and limited editions, made using the new tartan.  Her showcase table will be part of the Knittykittybangbang Crafters event  and Janice herself will be unmissable as ever, dressed up to the nines in her specially created BVW tartan frockery!

    Many of the sellers at the event, along with other selected makers, have donated items to the big raffle which have been made from tartan donated by Tweed'll Dee, and it is hoped that larger-scale production of the tartan will follow if there is sufficient interest.  Maybe some of the high profile locals will give it their royal seal of approval?

  • Keep calm, eat haggis, wear tartan, read Burns

    January 8, 2014

    eat haggis

    Burns Night is fast approaching when haggis and Scots frockery are obligatory for those who take their Bard's birthday seriously. So we thought we'd feature a few of our tartan treasures in advance of the celebration on 25th January.

    Rally Klad purple plaid suit

    Rally Klad purple plaid suit

    green plaid mohair tabard

    Vintage green plaid mohair tabard

    red tartan kilt skirt

    Royal Stuart tartan kilt skirt

    nova check tartan gloves

    black watch tartan gloves

    Nova check tartan gloves   &   Black Watch tartan gloves

    fred perry tartan shirt

    Fred Perry tartan shirt

    There's still time to brush up on your poetry...

    tam o'shanter

    Tam O'Shanter and his cuddie Meg

    For those with a keen interest  in Burns, may we also recommend a book shortly to be published by our friends at Stenlake Publishing in Ayrshire? Managing Director Richard Stenlake writes:

    "We are publishing Ann Matheson's 'The Essential Robert Burns' on 20th January. Ann is doing a presentation and book signing session at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayr on Saturday 25th January at 2 pm. This free event is by ticket only so if you'd like to attend please contact us. If you've never quite understood what all the fuss is about Burns then this event (and the book) are aimed at you! Ann is superb at explaining what the poems are about and why they are important. For those who have always found the Scots language (even Burns called it a dialect of English but it's now recognised as being a separate language) a bit hard to understand - there are full English translations for each poem. We have also been lucky enough to get permission from Irvine Burns Club to reproduce the manuscript of The Holy Fair in full and in colour in the book."

    essential robert burns

    We'll leave you with a (poor quality) 'selfie' of the chief frocker sporting her vintage Tinkers (before they became Pedlars) hotchpotch tartan trousers. The elasticated waistband is thankfully forgiving of large helpings of haggis!

    pedlars hotchpotch tartan trousers

  • Chow mein gives way to haggis

    January 25, 2012

    The start of Chinese New Year has only just preceded Burns Night this year, so we are swiftly moving on from oodles of noodles to haggis with bashed neeps and tatties to celebrate the Bard's 253rd birthday. Now that's what we call a good innings!


    Burns Suppers are hosted all over Scotland and beyond on and around the 25th January. If you have never been to one, you are missing out on some wonderful entertainment, including the obligatory 'Address to a Haggis', the 'Immortal Memory' and 'To the Lassies' (with a response on behalf of said Lassies). There is frequently also a recitation of the marathon  Tam O'Shanter, traditional music and a fair few drams before singing  Auld Lang Syne and awaiting the carriages. Not forgetting, of course, the opportunity to dress up in all your finest tartan frockery for the occasion!

    tartan ball gown

  • Get set for St Andrew's Day with tartan frockery!

    November 15, 2011

    In anticipation of St Andrew's Day on 30th November, we thought we'd showcase a few pieces of our tartan frockery.

    You'll find lots more Celtic-themed clobber in our Scots Frockery department, so do take a wee gander! We also have a couple of black Argyll kilt jackets in stock  which aren't yet on the website - please drop us an email if you are interested.

    Toilichte là a'naomh Anndra agad (Happy St Andrew's Day) when it comes, and Slàinte mhòr (Good health) to you all!

    Short tartan prom dress

    short tartan prom dress

    Vintage mohair red plaid gilet

    tartan mohair gilet

    Vintage tartan mohair cape

    tartan mohair cape

    Short wool kilt

    short tartan kilt

    Dress Gordon tartan mohair stole

    tartan mohair stole

    Red tartan silk bow tie

    Red tartan horse brass scarf

    tartan scarf

  • Scottish Fashion Awards

    June 16, 2011

    The fashion industry in Scotland contributes in excess of £750 million a year to the UK economy and the annual Scottish Fashion Awards attract worldwide interest.

    Congratulations to this year's winners, most especially to the talented Jonathan Saunders, who has won the top accolade of Designer of the Year  for the second year in a row.

    Clad  in a Christopher Kane green lace dress, Samantha Cameron graced the Glasgow event along with a coterie of celebrity fashionistas. However, it was Shirley Bassey, wearing a head turning tartan Graeme Black gown with a sporran for a purse, who stole the show as far as we were concerned.

    shirley bassey scottish fashion awards

    Just wow, what a lady! But (if you'll forgive the shameless self-promotion) there's no need to be a Big Spender to play up the plaid or rock the tartan.

    Meanwhile, we have been inspired to look into recycling grandad's old sporran!