Category Archives: Tailoring

Custom Marine Corps Uniforms for Canines

Why should humans get all the great custom tailoring?

Meet Gunny Monster, friend and unofficial mascot to the Marine Corps League, Toys for Tots and a host of other great charities.

Gunny has his own facebook page and website where you can learn more about his busy schedule full of appearances and good deeds.

Our tailoring thus far for Gunny includes a full complement of uniforms. These include two sets of camoflauge, two sets of Dress Blues and one set of Charlies.


Gunny's Place

Semper Fidelis.

We develop a unique pattern specific to your dog’s height, weight and measurements to create each new custom uniform.


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Uniform Ordering Info:


Step One:
Print out our Service Dog Measurement Chart and take some measurements.

Please call with any questions. 801-596-2210. We can skype with you or video-chat live, so you can show us any details you have questions about:)


Step Two:
Get your hands on a uniform for us to retailor. This means a real uniform, so that we can re-cut and restitch its parts to guarantee that your fit plus all of your trims and fabrics are accurate, ready to pass inspection. We have seen some knitted and crochet “sweaters” plus other cartoonish versions of uniforms on Etsy and other places. However, in getting to know many Marines personally, we can tell you that the Corps take their uniforms and their service very seriously. A knitted ‘sweater’ uniform or other clownish version would be considered disgraceful and completely inappropriate for proper, public presentations. Because you are probably either active duty or retired, we rely on your access to authentic uniforms. At McGrews we are civilians, and we have not earned your same privilege.  As tailors and citizens, we honor our service men and women, (and their dogs). We create a high-quality custom-tailored product and we don’t want to substitute imposter fabrics or shoddy construction for the real thing.  It would be disrespectful. Thanks for understanding:).


Step Three:
Make a deposit and send us your uniform. Total to retailor a uniform is $875 and includes shipping to you via UPS regular ground with a tracking number, anywhere in the continental United States. There’s no tax if you are ordering from outside the state of Utah. 1/2 deposit is required to start the patterning and labor. We can accept visa and mastercard payments in person or by phone with a small surcharge.


Step Four:
Pay the balance and receive your uniform. There is a four-six week turnaround time from your deposit date to have your finished uniform shipped via UPS regular ground with a tracking number. Please order well in advance for seasonal Marine Corps events when many dogs will be needing new uniforms.


Woof! (Please call us with your custom order:) 801-596-2210.

Custom Mascots: Ogden-Weber Area Technical College’s “Randy Robotech”

Ogden-Weber Applied Technical College was the first trade-tech school in Utah to develop a branded mascot to promote its educational mission and programs.

Robert Hirschi, multimedia journalist for the Salt Lake Tribune, created a behind-the-scenes account of some of the steps in this creative process as well as the people behind it. Interviewed are OWATC creative directors Brock Porter and Jenny Everson, plus costume maker Jen McGrew with Katrina Kirkland-Cornia. The documentary details the mascot from concept to realized costume for a performer to wear at job fairs, parades, etc.

2002, Salt Lake Tribune archived servers.

Custom Pageant Costumes

Made to Order

Inspired by a Vivienne Westwood design, this ensemble showcases custom panniers on a fitted basque, a petite corseted bodice with an additional side zipper plus a cool hair fascinator by Melissa Welinsky. Not shown here are the custom rouched briefs we also made out of the same great plaid taffeta.

Pageant costumes must be unique and stunning because prizes, money, scholarships and fame are all at stake in these competitions.

We wanted to show you this particular example from 2011 that our client commissioned for her talent number – because she is a champion bagpiper.
No further explanation necessary.
So awesome.

Custom Headless Horseman: Rocky Mountain Outfitters’ Haunted Wagon Rides

Custom headless horseman costume we created for Rocky Mountain Outfitters’ Haunted Wagon Rides attraction, 2014.

We designed it so each of the pieces are each individually made for easy care and washing/drycleaning. The horseman’s head/neck apparatus itself weighs less than a pound. Great for visibility, safety and maneuverability.

Visit their site for for tickets, contests and more fun pics