[YES] Snowfeather Gryphon Fullsuit by Midnight Swimmers
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Filed under $1000 - $2999.
HeadGives information about the head of the costume. If reviewing a set of ears, the answers would also go in this section.
Super comfy! It fits very well, not too snug but not too loose. The inside is lined with fabric he bought specifically for my suit, a feather pattern that matches my character! He does this with all his suits and it’s a very nice touch. Ventilation is great, I have no problems breathing in my suit! I do sometimes wear a necklace fan to help keep cool (which I can fairly easily stick in the beak for direct airflow) but I have no complaints about general airflow in the head. The vision is awesome! I practically do not have a blind spot in this suit, the vision actually overlaps and I can see directly in front of me. The only thing that I could say is wrong is that my glasses are a tight fit on this suit, but I sincerely believe this is my fault as I didn’t give measurements for my head w/glasses taken into account, and told him about the need for glasses after the fact. I’ve mentioned it to him and he offered to make lined inserts to adjust the space in the head if needed but I have good enough vision without glasses to just go without.
I absolutely love the look of the head! The symmetry of the head isn’t 100% perfect, but it’s definitely not noticeable unless you’re looking hard at the head, and really what animal has perfect symmetry anyways? Shaving is really even as far as I can tell, no complaints there. The cheek fur is especially soft, and while the longer furs have a course texture, they are absolutely beautiful and I adore them. I really appreciate the effort put into the rust mane in the back, it sticks out like a mohawk naturally and I don’t really do anything to keep it that way, which is really nice and low maintenance. I love the expression the suit has, she looks so happy! The eyelids (see below) are really great too and bring a lot of life to the suit. A thing to note, as of this review the eyes are not water resistant, so keeping the eyes dry is a must during washing for future reference. The head matches the concept art exceptionally well, while also having a flair of its own that is consistent with Midnight Swimmers’ style.
The eyelids are attached via velcro and there are two sets; a grumpy/”bedroom eyes” set and a sad/sleepy set. I was originally unsure about the idea of velcro being used for these, but I love the fact that they are able to be positioned in many different ways, giving several different expressions out of the two sets. The black fabric that lines the edges of the eyes are the fuzzy side of the velcro and the eyelids have the side with the hooks.
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.
I’m pretty satisfied with the body! It is a tighter fitting suit, as that is this maker’s style, so it is a little restricted in movement but not overly so. Since I have received the body, the suit has definitely loosed up a bit and I imagine over time it will continue to do so. Quality seems great so far! As of writing this review I have yet to pop a seam, and they are all double stitched according to the maker. The interior is unlined, there is some construction marks(lines in black/light blue sharpie near some seams) but I don’t really feel that it detracts from the suit as it’s not visible to anyone but myself. Airflow seems alright, the longer fur on the upper half of the suit definitely holds heat in but the very short belly fur makes up for it. I don’t really have any complaints for the overall wear of the bodysuit!
I love how the body looks! Symmetry is near perfect, I can’t really see any issues with it. There is no shaving on the body, rather it has several different pile lengths to give the suit more design to a relatively simple pattern. The short belly fur is super soft like the cheeks, and the rest of the fur is courser but gorgeous in my opinion! I especially love that the shorter pile grey matches the long pile grey near perfectly. The body matches the concept art very well.
Hands and FeetGives information about the hands and/or feet of the costume.
The hands and feet are both great! I have two sets of feet, outdoor and indoor. Both sets are on a “sockpaw” style build, no shoes are in the feet but rather a liner shaped to my foot size and the rest of the feet stuffed with polyfill. They are pretty comfortable, the outdoor paws did have some of the polyfill that sits directly under my feet squish down, but it doesn’t detract from the appearance of the feet and really aren’t uncomfortable either. He does give the option to build with sole inserts in mind if that’s something you need! The hand paws are unlined, save for the paw pads where they are stuffed with polyfill (which is perfectly fine!) The paw pads on both the hands and feet I’d consider are a high quality, I have no issues or fears of durability with them. I do not have any issues with skin showing if I stretch my body, there is plenty of overlap between the bodysuit and the hands/feet.
The feet and hands are all great! They mesh seamlessly with the rest of the suit, match the concept art well. Symmetry is great, no complaints! Shaving on the palm of the hands and the soles of the indoor feet are even. They match the concept art perfectly!
I asked the maker to make a ring to be worn on my suit, something that my character always wears in art that means a lot to me. He was very willing to make it (something that he’s never done before) and it turned out amazing! I barely notice it on the hand and it doesn’t seem at risk for falling off, and the stone on the ring itself does not seem like it will easily fall off either.
TailsGives information about any tails the costume may have.
Tail is lightweight and fits great! It is worn via belt and meshes pretty well with the suit. Quality is decent, only complaint I’ve had is that as of the last month the tail has started to twist, making the tail end point sideways. It’s easy enough to correct by twisting the other way, but it does eventually happen again. Maker is totally aware and he has the same problem with his personal tail after he messed with it, might be something he tweaks in the future but it’s not a huge concern for me, just a slight annoyance. Seems durable otherwise, no other complaints!
Tail looks good! It is a bit skinnier than I was anticipating, but the long pile fur that is used on it was a rare find that he had a limited supply on, so he only had so much to work with and I’m okay with that. It looks great on the suit otherwise!
WingsGives information about any wings the costume may have.
Wings are attached to the bodysuit! They kinda flop around a little when I walk or wiggle around, and I honestly love that about them! They do have a foam core structure in the upper half of the wings to keep them structured. Durability seems great, I haven’t had any issues with ripped seams or the wings appearing to come off!
The wings look amazing! The maker hand-sewn all 52 white spots onto the feathers of the wings and they are so wonderful! They match the character design as much as they can, obviously can’t have full-sized wings on a suit like this but the chibi design is so cute!
OverallHow satisfied the reviewer is with the overall buying experience, including their interactions with the maker and the resulting final product.
I really loved working with Midnight Swimmers! The suit itself is amazing, Tali is an awesome dude to work with, and even with the hiccups that happened in the process I still felt like I was being taken care of, and still got the suit within a year or commissioning. His style is unique and fit really well with my character, and he's willing to try out interesting species that aren't just cats and dogs which is a huge plus. Definitely work work with him again!
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