Mess Dress

#1
For a variety of reasons I need to get new mess dress (Major, RAMC).

What's the cheapest (I'm a Scot, after all, and therefore have a stereotype to live down to) and best service from a tailor that you've had?

(For info, I've looked at Costello (Ilford) who've quoted £799 and messkitonline.co.uk (Leeds) who've quoted £650).
 
#2
Have you tried the Retd Maj at the museum at Keogh? He can some times have a good selection of kit.
 
#6
Just get a shell suit from JJB sports! No one will notice!

What happened to the old one? Mess rugby? Mess dress is pretty forgiving, it takes a lot of pies to 'grow' out of!
 
#7
Not pies so much as got it when I was (ahem) significantly younger than I am now ...

Additionally - swords. Obviously we carry them but don't unsheath. For No1s (which I do fit into, thank goodness) and wedding purposes (mine) can I borrow one from the museum?
 
#8
DontMentionTheWar said:
Not pies so much as got it when I was (ahem) significantly younger than I am now ...

Additionally - swords. Obviously we carry them but don't unsheath. For No1s (which I do fit into, thank goodness) and wedding purposes (mine) can I borrow one from the museum?
Any officers No. 1 jacket will do! Just borrow or buy the buttons and do a bit of tailoring! It is your wedding so you call the shots! Ask around the mess!
 
#9
DontMentionTheWar said:
Not pies so much as got it when I was (ahem) significantly younger than I am now ...

Additionally - swords. Obviously we carry them but don't unsheath. For No1s (which I do fit into, thank goodness) and wedding purposes (mine) can I borrow one from the museum?
At the impending nuptials I would assume that you will be using a sword with a metal (not leather) scabbard and be using all the other glittery stuff like sashes and funky epaulettes? If so then your RHQ ought to be able to help out - failing that, cultivate a mate in an English or Welsh Inf Bn and borrow it from their mess.
 
#12
Should RHQ not provide the answer, the RQMS dept at Woolwich station (as it's now being called - GRRRR) have a fine selection of swords, all of which have been refurbished in the last year and look tremendous.

All the best for the big day.
 
#13
Try Ebay. You take pot luck, but most descriptions are accurate and it may only cost you £20 or so.
 
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