[NO] Ember Digitigrade Fullsuit by Suits by Shark

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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Furaffinity: Ember-Dragoness

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

I have a lot of experience with fursuits and fursuit making since I make them myself.

Informed Maker of Issues

I told her everything

Wear Time

15 hours ish
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Fullsuit
Style: Digitigrade, Toony
Shipped From: Unknown

Species

Made in Year

Transaction Information

1585 USD
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review

February 11, 2016

Buy/Commission Date
January 2015
Completion/Ship Date
May 2015
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Ember Digitigrade Suit

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 is a little small since the moving jaw is always slightly open. Some of the parts inside are uncomfortable when putting it on/ off, however once inside it is quite comfy. The ventilation is good and the vision was great. The eyes are quite close together so there is practically no blind spot in the middle.

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

It looks good from the outside. The fur was great quality but I feel it was not shaved back enough for my liking, which I fixed. Some attempt at airbushing I think that didn’t really work out and just makes her mohawk look dirty. Expression was good for what I asked for (has since been changed). The eyes are semi follow me eyes, the size of them making them too big for fully follow me. Nostrils were poorly painted on. My neck was showing, something I was very unhappy with and had to fix myself again.

Special Attachments and Features Information about any special or unique features this piece has with regard to the reviewer's satisfaction of them.

The mohawk was a feature I wanted added, but it was very ridged and not properly secured so it would flop around behind me reviling a very obvious zip, I had to fix this myself. The special horns I wanted are very well done. Ears are very hard, didn’t like this too much. The head is a pain to take on and off and is quite heavy because of the method used.

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.

I had a lot of problems with the suit. Firstly the foam padding was confusing to put on. The maker said she would send instructions but never did. When ever I tried to put it in, the lower padding would fall out, something I tried to fix with velcro. Movement is very restricted. The fit was good however, seams sewed well and all holds together. No lining but I don’t mind. The zip came broken because it was glued (not even sewn) on wonky and so got stuck at the bottom, which I had to fix again.

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

Looks good from the outside, except the grey I asked for on the belly is clearly light purple. Legs aren’t as defined as I had hoped for. Marking are all nicely sewn in.

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.

Again, looks good from the outside. Has held together so far except one of the soles of the feet fell off the very first time I wore it outside. Both are too big, they fall off. The feet aren’t very comfortable for long distance walking since it is just a plastic croc inside. The hand paws are way too short, could easily see my wrist through it.

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

They both look great; exactly what I asked for. The claws act like fingers and the feet where nice and big. I can even use my phone whilst I have my paws on which is 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 was attached to the suit which is what I wanted. As soon as a took it out the box however I felt a giant weight at the end of the tail which had been sewn in. I have no idea why the maker thought this would be a good idea, I took it out myself. Belt loops were ok inside the suit, but I could see she had some troubles with the cap of the tail, thankfully hidden inside the suit. There was some sort of foam structure inside too to hold its shape but it just looked lumpy and took that out too.

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

It was the correct size and shape, but again some poor attempt at airbrushing which make it look dirty. Again, all the fur was good quality, dragged on the floor too.

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 suit matches my art pretty well. All markings in place along with some more she suggested.

How well does everything fit together and match up?

Everything matches up fine if the padding is held in place correctly. Only thing is the wrong colour on the belly.

Overall Project Quality

There are just too many flaws for me to be happy with Ember. I just don’t want to wear her anymore as a full suit because of how difficult she is to put on.

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

Initial Contact

How satisfied are you with how easy it was to initially contact the maker for a quote?
Initially yes, she seemed very enthusiastic and polite to me. I filled out her form and she came back to me with a quote which I accepted and shortly commissioned her after.

Maker Response Time

She said she would send me WIP’s every two weeks but this never happened. I had to force her to give me WIP’s and most of the time she would just never reply to my emails and shouts on furaffinity. I was really no happy with this and caused a lot of stress from me.

Maker Professionalism

Were they pleasant to work with?
She is pleasant yes. Always kept her cool even when I listed the many things wrong with the suit. I wouldn’t call her professional however since she outright refused to respond to me, and many of her other customers.

How satisfied are you with the overall customer service with the maker?
Very poor. People looking to get a suit from her beware.

Project Completion Time

Deadlines weren’t hit. She was supposed to be finished end of April but continued for another month with almost no contact, blatantly lying to me about when she was going to send to suit too. Again, a lot of stress.

Rating

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

NO!
This review has been marked with a negative rating.
This means the reviewer would NOT recommend Suits by Shark unless they significantly change their practices.


Final Comments

Pro were that she is friendly and very apologetic. Some meathods she carried out were professional and the materials she used are of high quality.
Cons are that it was a massive struggle with her and to spend $1585 on a suit that you don’t want to wear and feel bad about is massively horrible,

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