[OK] Emma Fullsuit by Sunny Valley Creations


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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Twitter: lesboise

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

I make my own, but this was the first fursuit I had ever purchased custom for one of my characters.

Informed Maker of Issues

There were no issues.

Wear Time

50+
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Fullsuit
Style: Plantigrade, Toony
Shipped From: USA

Species

Borzoi
Filed under Canidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

2700 USD paid in installments
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

There was no ETA given


Date of Review

August 21, 2018

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

Item Being Reviewed

Emma the Borzoi plantigrade fullsuit in a toony style as a commission.

Character Concept Art

Photos of Completed Product

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.

The head fits very snug against my head, and there are holes cut into the sides for your ears so they don’t get squished.

There is actually little to no blind spot! The eyes are relatively large and have great vision.

The inside is fully lined and very squishy, with no hards spots.

Ventilation is standard and actually very nice considering her sloped muzzle. It is hollowed out inside and I can easily let fresh air in.

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

Emma’s apperance was captured phenomenally by the team. They made Ruff collie prior to building Emma, and captured the borzoi breed almost exactly to how I wanted it depicted. All without an obtrusive blind spot!

There are a couple spots where the shaving may have been a little too short, but they are unnoticeable at first glance. Overall excellent shaving.

Her nose is gorgeous as well, with her nose being made of sculpted foam.

Her ears are also adorably floppy and sewn on.

SVC also did a great color matching on her furs, and they are perfect when compared to the reference material.

BodyGives information about the main body of the costume. If reviewing a separate set of pants/legs or torso, 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.

The body has been very comfortable to wear and I haven’t had any popped seams, even in high stress areas. I did have one tear in the fabric itself, but it was a small hole near the back that I was able to stitch up.

Wearing underarmor removes any chance of the costume being itchy for me! The fabric itself is very soft and matches Emma’s colors perfectly.

There is a bit of wear concerning her knees, but that is simply because I do a lot of public suiting events with children and I have to get down on my knees to interact with them, but otherwise the fur has held up very well.

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

The body is perfectly symmetrical, no issues there. Everything is soft and comfortable!

All of her markings were accounted for.

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 perfectly for me. They are 4 finger puffy paws, and have a decent amount of padding in them. However I can still grab things with them.

The claws seem to have been sewn in and are very sturdy, even after countless interactions with little kids.

The feet are also incredibly soft, and are lined with spandex and have foam in-soles. Since I have flat feet, I put some shoe in-soles into the feet so that I can walk comfortably.

The claws on the feet are also sewn in, and are incredibly sturdy.

Since Emma’s feet are indoor type feet, SVC sent along some fursuit sandals for outdoor use. They have worked great!

The pawpads on the heels of the feet have started to come off due to wear and tear, however it is only a couple of stitches and otherwise they are in great shape.

Both feet and paws are hemmed with minky to stop the cuffs from fraying.

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

There aren’t any shaving errors on either the feet and paws. None of the fur appears patchy or uneven. Very high quality.

SVC gave me the option of which color vinyl I would prefer for the pawpads, which was appreciated.

They also gave me claw color options!

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 has an incredibly cute shape, and is very waggable! I have gotten lots of compliments on it.

Elastic straps are sewn directly to the tail. It fits nicely against my body. No elastic shows when worn with the body.

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

Highly satisfied.

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?

SVC mentioned how they liked using concept art from their preferred artist, and I purchased a reference to see how my character would translate in their style. Seeing the finished reference made me even more excited to possibly get picked.

Their concept artist is not required to make a reference of your character in order to be chosen by SVC.

However, I would recommend their concept artist for translating your character into the SVC style, or for other fursuit maker styles!

How well does everything fit together and match up?

Everything matches very well. The head fits perfectly with the bulk of the body and the feet/paws. It looks very slim while maintaining a cartoony apperance, which I appreciate. Not baggy at all.

Overall Project Quality

I am very happy with the product I’ve received, and she has made many kids and adults happy. The costume itself is absolutely wonderful.

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

Initial Contact

They sent out a series of emails during their Spring 2015 opening, and I was able to hear back from them in relative time after I had been chosen.

Maker Response Time

I remember them responding pretty fast, at most being a day or so. They always had an answer if I had a question.

Maker Professionalism

I did feel like I was being treated respectfully, and I did receive WIPs at various stages of completion.

Project Completion Time

After the initial deposit of 30% of my payment, I paid the rest of the costume off over the course of 3 months, fully completing the payments in June 2015. That being said, I received my suit August of 2016.

I’m going to say it right now, SVC does not do deadlines. I understand this was to insure for quality, but I did feel a bit concerned when over the course of a year, SVC moved their workshop TWICE. It made me a bit worried for when I would receive my suit. They mentioned their moves through their Twitter, thought I can’t remember if they contacted their clients individually or not.

In some cases, I felt very concerned over the future of my suit, and the future of other clients’ suits. But I made the decision to purchase from them with knowing full well that their TOS stated that they did not do deadlines, so I recognize this is more of a personal issue.

I am absolutely going to commend them for working and finishing my suit between moves. They definitely created a high quality product despite the rough circumstances. Through the build process Kait sent me messages and WIPs, which was very comforting.

Rating

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

OK!
This review has been marked with a neutral rating.
This means the reviewer MIGHT recommend SunnyValleyCreations depending on circumstances that have been clarified in this review.


Final Comments

SVC have made several costumes over the years that I absolutely adore, including my own.

At this point in 2018 however, I’m not sure I can fully recommend this maker based on their no deadline policy.

You WILL get a quality product. There is no question in that. But you have to ask yourself how long you are willing to wait to receive said quality product.

Personally, I don’t think I would purchase another costume from them simply because of their no deadline policy. I understand why they have it in place, but not knowing when you’ll receive your costume after spending nearly $3000 USD on it is very stressful to say the least.

I realize that no deadline policies are common among many fursuit makers and their large quantity of clients. If SVC continue with this policy, however, they may need to be clearer to their clients about what is going on within their business.

For that reason, I give them a neutral rating. I will restate that I love how Emma turned out, and she will continue to attend countless events. 🙂


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