[YES] Vinnie Partial by Water Dog Wharf

General InformationGives some information about the item and the person writing the review.


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Furaffinity: umbirthday

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

I owned a partial for a few months and wore it for a few hours total.

Informed Maker of Issues

Nope

Wear Time

~4 hours total
About the Maker

Maker

Keryu of Water Dog Wharf

Commission Information

Type: Partial
Style: Plantigrade, Real/Toon Hybrid
Shipped From: Unknown

Species

manokit
Filed under Aquatic, Canidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

1470 USD
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Met Deadline

There was no deadline


Date of Review

November 1, 2016

Buy/Commission Date
August 2015
Completion/Ship Date
August 2016
Item Completion Time (?)

HeadGives information about the head of the costume. If reviewing a set of ears, the answers would also go in this section.


Wear Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.

It was advertised to fit heads up to 23″, mine’s 24″ so I figured it might be a little tight but it’s perfect! After wearing the head for more than an hour my nose starts to ache from the weight but that’s to be expected!
I wear glasses and can wear them comfortably in the head too!
The vision is great, there’s a tiny blind spot a few meters ahead of me but I could run around a busy convention hall without bumping anyone.
As it’s a foam head it gets pretty hot, but nothing unbearable. There are gaps in the foam and slits just behind the ears for vents, which I imagine helps massively. Ventilation is also through the mouth, so I’m in the process of fashioning something to prop the mouth open as it’s shut usually.
The inside of the head is lined with a wonderfully soft fabric and not a single seam is visible. The nose, eyes, corners of the mouth and ears are hemmed too!

Appearance Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.

The symmetry is great! The markings are spot-on with the design.
The shaving is so smooth, you can’t see any backing and the transition from short to long fur is spot-on too.
The fur is really soft! It’s long enough that the markings look odd if it’s ruffled but it’s no issue!
The head shape is exactly why I wanted a WDW suit in the first place, there are so many curves and the face is so expressive!

The one thing I dislike about the head is that the neck fur could do with being a bit tighter, because it’s not far along her jawline it has a habit of popping out of my collar as soon as I turn my head, but an easy way around is just to wear the neck fur outside my top.

Hands and FeetGives information about the hands and/or feet of the costume.


Wear Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.

The hands fit me perfectly! I was slightly worried because I didn’t give measurements but they’re snug enough that they don’t wobble when I wave my hands but loose enough that they’re easy to slip on and off.
The hands also have wrists, so there’s no risk of my own wrist showing underneath.
The digits are nicely shaved so there’s no chance of matted fur.
The paws are padded on the top which makes holding things easier! I’ve worn padded paws in the past which have padding on the bottom and picking up anything is difficult.

The feet are great, the individual toes are a nice touch. They have thick outdoor soles and are built onto crocs, which mean that even though I have chronic foot pain I can run around for ages without getting sore feet! They’re big and stompy and lovely.

I also had a pair of arm and leg sleeves which fit perfectly! The arms are on a piece of elastic and go far up my arm enough that there’s no risk of them slipping down.
The legs are sewn onto a pair of shorts and although the ankles are difficult to get my feet through it fits well!

Everything feels professionally made and I’m sure the stitching will last a long time!

Appearance Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.

The symmetry on both the paws and the sleeves is great! The markings look great and match the reference perfectly.

The shaving on the paws is lovely, the longer fur just about reaches the bottom of the paw pads and looks awesome.

TailsGives information about any tails the costume may have.


Wear Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.

The tail, being pretty heavy, droops quite a bit, which I was a bit disappointed about at first but it actually wiggles really nicely!
I feel the tail could have gotten away with being a foot shorter which might have helped the droop, but it’s big and cuddly and has had several fans already!

The belt loops are incredibly well sewn on!

The biggest issue I have with the tail is once again due to its weight, it pulls at the sides of the backing (where the tail sits on my bum) quite a bit, which means it comes away from my body and stops looking like a real tail (ha). It’s a real shame but something I’m looking into fixing.

Appearance Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.

The markings are perfect, once again, my only issues with the appearance are those I’ve already covered.

OverallHow satisfied the reviewer is with the overall buying experience, including their interactions with the maker and the resulting final product.


Product Satisfaction How satisfied the reviewer is with the overall look and feel of the costume in its entirety.

How was your concept art realized?

The head was originally bought pre-made so it fitted the reference already, but WDW allowed me to change around the markings on the arms, legs and tail, which the fursuit parts match perfectly.

How well does everything fit together and match up?

Everything is fantastic! The fur from the arm/ leg sleeves blends onto the hands/ feet really well.

Overall Project Quality

How satisfied are you with the overall quality of your project?
Very satisfied! Everything is so well made, I feel that with proper care this fursuit will last a really long time!

Purchase Process Details the interactions between the customer/reviewer and the maker of the item with regard to the buying process.

Initial Contact

Very quick! While the auction for the head was still ongoing I asked about extra suit parts and cost and got a reply quickly.

Maker Response Time

After a while it started taking WDW longer to reply to my emails, I’d sometimes send multiple emails and hear nothing back for weeks on end, but I understand she had a lot on her plate and it’s all in the past so it’s no issue (:

Maker Professionalism

At first WDW was super professional, would reply quickly and was really friendly, when I started to get anxious from a lack of response she was apologetic, I wouldn’t say it’s something she does with every customer so don’t let it put you off!

Rating

FursuitReview scores by having the reviewer answer the following question:
"Would you recommend this maker to another?"

YES!
This review has been marked with a positive rating.
This means the reviewer would recommend Water Dog Wharf.


Final Comments

Pros:
Fantastically priced! I’ve seen suits from some ‘big name’ makers that are twice her price and the quality WDW offers is easily comparable! Not to mention she takes extra steps like lining the head and hemming edges which I know some other makers don’t!
The sewing is fantastic, no seams, everything feels like it’ll last ages.

Cons:
Literally just the lack of communication for a few months.

I love this suit so much I’ve gotten into a habit of babbling to people about how well made it is, I’ve recommended her to so many people I’ve met, I really hope she goes on to become a big name!


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