[YES] Micaela Fullsuit by Faruku Costumes


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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Furaffinity: solarsailor

Relationship With Maker

The maker was NOT a friend when the item was purchased, but they ARE a friend now

Prior Experience

YES. This was my 25th fursuit! (and my favorite of them all too!)

Informed Maker of Issues

Yes. This suit was semi premade? In the sense that the head/tail/character concept were created and listed at auction. If the auction went high enough it could be upgraded to a fullsuit (which is what I did). Faruku was happy to ship out the partial to me upon reaching a certain payment threshold. I received the head and tail in 2015 and wore them for 2 years at cons/events. early 2017 I noticed the ears seemed to be making a weird crackling noise (like crinkle paper sounds?) while still maintaining their shape I was just concerned they would deform or change shape. I brought this up to Faru who was just about at my spot in queue for my bodysuit and she took the head in and made a few repairs she found! The ears were re-done, the jaw was re-aligned and the hinge mechanism appears to have had maintenance done on them too! She shipped the head back with the body and I couldn’t be happier!

Wear Time

40+ hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Fullsuit
Style: Digitigrade, Real/Toon Hybrid
Shipped From: United Kingdom

Species

Cat/Dragon (Dracat)
Filed under Other / Undefined

Made in Year

Transaction Information

3,000 USD paid in installments
Filed under $3000 and over.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

YES – the ETA was accurate


Date of Review

September 18, 2018

Buy/Commission Date
July 2015
Completion/Ship Date
August 2018
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Micaela digitigrade fullsuit in a real/toon hybrid style as a commission.
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.

I love the head. Its a resin based head with foam additions to make it unique. Its SUPER light weight for resin (the lightest I’ve owned) very breathable and fits like a glove. Faruku padded the inside with Lycra lined foam padding along your chin and forehead so no plastic is ever touching your face. The vision is great! I have very little trouble seeing (in low light or bright all the same). The jaw is extremely sensitive which is awesome, I don’t need to exaggerate my speech to make it work. I will add, I suffer from TMJ (lockjaw) and this is the first moving jaw fursuit that doesn’t cause it to flare up. I think its because my chin rests ever so lightly on the “chin cup” (a padded indent on the inside lower jaw) that there’s no pull or strain on my jaw. The nose is drilled out, the mouth opens up wide, and the eye mesh is actually quite large (yet remains so hidden in photos) that ventilation is spectacular.

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

The head is Symmetrical where it needs to be, shape of the yellow is exact on either side, eyes are balanced, ears are even I have no complaints there! The shaving is extremely even.. no backing, its even hard to find the transition between the yellow and black fur. Her seams are so well hidden on the face its unbelievable. The fur is soft even for some of it being airbrushed. The expression is perfect for her personality. I can get a flat monotone look, a sassy look, an excited or startled look. I love that! its all about your angles!!

I believe (and I can be wrong) that faruku designed this character, and it matches up perfectly with the concept art she shared with me prior to the build!!

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.

Body fits like a GLOVE. I’ve sent my DTD’s off to many a makers and none have fit as well as this. Its snug in all the right places, and has give where it needs to (bendy spots). Allows for full movement (a little difficult to squat but that’s due to the rigid padding in the digi) but I can sit, stand, lay down, dance, etc. just fine!!

All seams are durable from what I can tell. I did have a blow-out day 1 of the con but that was from ME being negligent. I was abusing the suit a bit more than I should have and pushed the crotch seam to pop a small hole. It took me maybe 10 minutes to stitch it back together and all is well since then.

The seams are all finished and flat so nothing is poking or scratchy against your body. Faruku does an amazing job with her Digigrade and while it does have a “base” to it you can add/remove extra padding/stuffing to fit you best. I love the rigid padding as its sewn into these tight pockets. It makes it so when you move, adjust, sit, change position the padding doesn’t do that “floating padding” thing where your thigh padding shifts or looks wonky. It all sits where its intended ALL the time and never floats around the suit. All padding pockets are lined with Lycra which is awesome too.

Airflow is great for a padded bodysuit. It can get a bit stuffy comparing to a non padded suit but I can stay in it for hours on end A-OK!

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

10/10

One of the reasons I wanted to work with Faruku is for her digigrade style. I found her digigrade to flow and not looks as block y or choppy as some others I’ve seen. I enjoy how form fitting her body suits appear too. Symmetry on my suit is great, all pieces are 1:1 on each side (minus spots which are at random), transition between furs is smooth and flawless. Whats interesting (and was discussed prior to work) was the fur on my head was no longer available for the body and Faruku found one similar enough. The furs match up almost perfectly the only difference is texture. I don’t allow people to “pet” my head anyway so I had absolutely ZERO issue with this. The fur is luxurious and soft despite being a shorter pile. I’m grateful that faruku did not use the standard “lux shag” everyone else uses on my suit. I prefer this style of more “realistic” fur than the standard. Colors are vibrant and eye catching and match up to the reference perfectly.

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.

Hands:
Fit me loose enough its not a struggle to get on, but tight enough they don’t slip off. Silicone paw pads and resin claws, very soft and very comfortable to wear. The insides are not lined but the fur backing is surprisingly soft and plush against your hands.

Feet:
Feet paws are outdoor soles with a shoe adhered inside. They have a zipper down the back for easy access. They fit me perfectly and are very easy to walk in for being such large feet!

Durability on both seems great, no wear or tear so far and everything seems secure!

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

I mean they’re black so.. yep! look fine! I love the dew claws on the feet and the blue pads on the hands are vibrant and stand out! no complaints here!

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.

I’ve had the tail for about 3 years now and its held up wonderfully! The fur despite being different from the body (See Appearance Satisfaction for body for details again) it somehow matches up perfectly? just a different fur texture is all. The tail attaches via faux leather loops that hold it snug to your bottom and it does not sag. It feeds through a “sheath” of sorts on the body suit to insure there is no gap and really gives a seamless uniform look. It has a lovely swish movement and just caresses the ground as I walk.

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

10/10 no complaints. Its perfect and I have zero issues here again.

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 well does everything fit together and match up?

As a fullsuit its better than I could have ever imagined. Faruku really outdid herself with my suit and I cannot even begin to express my gratitude and adoration.

Overall Project Quality

Again, its better than I could have ever imagined. I knew Faruku produced quality work, but I didnt expect THIS high of quality.

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

Initial Contact

There was no quote since it was at auction, but she reached out the moment the auction was over!

Maker Response Time

BEST communication from a maker I’ve ever had. She responds usually daily unless previously noted.

Maker Professionalism

outstanding. The best maker I’ve worked with hands down. She balances Professionalism with Kind friendly banter and it just really makes the experience wholesome.

Project Completion Time

Project took about 3 years from start to finish. This is normal for her queues. We did have some delays (on MY end) that pushed us back a few times but all in all, I have no complaints of the wait!

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 Faruku Costumes.


Final Comments

My experience with Faruku was like no other. Shes kind, professional, efficient. Her work continues to grow and improve but its already some of them best out there (in MY opinion). What I appreciated most was how easy it was to communicate with her. Not once did I have anxiety or fear for my project, Faruku responded to me usually within the same day, and was more than happy to send progress photos, ETA, or just communicate. I’ve never felt so at ease working with someone before. The suit is just absolutely gorgeous inside and out. Never have I worn something so comfortable, no a suit that fit me SO well. The wait was long but again I have ZERO complaints about this as Faruku always kept me in the loop and was always available for communication. I would absolutely work with this maker again and recommend her work to anyone looking for a suit.

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