[YES] Tuli the Christmas Bori Fullsuit by Liquid Sunshine Design

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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Twitter: Grandiose252

Relationship With Maker

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

Prior Experience

This is my second fullsuit, though my first commissioned one.

Informed Maker of Issues

there were no issues

Wear Time

60 hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

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

Species

Bori
Filed under Canidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

1800 USD paid in a lump sum
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review

June 16, 2019

Buy/Commission Date
November 2017
Completion/Ship Date
April 2018
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Tuli the Christmas Bori with digitigrade padding in a toony 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.

The head is snug, but not uncomfortable. It fits well and there is no issue with the head moving around independent from my own.
I have not had issues keeping the suit head clean – it is lycra lined and I also use a balaclava whenever I’m suiting so sweat hasn’t been an issue thus far. Ventiliation is good, the mouth provides a good amount of airflow and the head has an internal fan to aid further. I’ve worn Tuli for multiple hours at cons without breaks and not suffered from overheating.
Vision is good – not as good as another suit I own but that one also has larger eyes. My only issue with the vision comes in brightly lit areas, as the character’s eye color does not handle bright lights well.

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

I’m happy with how the head looks! The markings are symmetrical, the shaving was not done too close to show the backing. It’s a tiny bit uneven in one or two spots but not so much that it’s visible unless you get right up close. I don’t think it’s visible in photos.
Keeping the fur neat has been easy. Important given the main color is white and needs to be tended to a bit more than other fur colors in order to keep neat.

I’m pretty satisfied with the head, it looks cute, it works well with the accessories I normally use when suiting and it came with everything I asked for (follow me eyes, a fan).

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

The head came with an internal fan as requested. It’s fairly standard – battery powered with a switch. It works fine. The difference it provides is definitely noticeable when I don’t have it on.

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 fits well, legs and arms are the right length too, not too long or short, Tuli’s body is fairly easy for me to put on which is great! No issues there.
The suit feels durable, I haven’t had any issues with seams tearing or popping and I don’t feel like I have to be reserved with my movements while suiting. I haven’t done any dancing in Tuli which might be a different case, but I’m not a dancer so I don’t foresee that being an issue.

The interior of the suit is mostly unlined, save for the thighs which have lining for the internal pockets used to hold the stuffing for the thigh padding. I’ve given Tuli a full wash twice now and both times have been fairly straightfoward. The rest of the internals like seams, the padding pockets, etc, all seem to be holding up and I’ve not ran into any issues with them thus far. Airflow is okay? The suit is nice and light compared to my other fullsuit which definitely helps me sweat less when wearing but otherwise there’s nothing special about the body to assist airflow.

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

I really like the body! I think the thighs look nice when padded up and the patterning on the mint belly fur looks really nice.
The shaving is about as even as I can tell, though since my character has long fur it’s not really visible anyway. The fur feels soft and nice to touch, especially right after being brushed. The mint fur used for the belly looks really nice! I’ve had multiple people approach me and ask if my character is a neopet and it’s really nice to get recognised when out and about.

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

The only special attachment for the body is the shell on the back – it attaches under the suit with backpack straps and can also function as a backpack itself. It also attaches to the tail and functions mostly fine – I am looking at getting the velcro attachment replaced with a zipper, however, as after extended use it does not hold on to the tail as well as initially planned.

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 feet and hands both fit great, the feet are minky lined and really comfy to wear! I like wearing them about the house every now and then too, honestly. the paws are big and chunky and lots of fun to wear! They have big digits but are still relatively easy to manipulate things in. If I stretch my leg and foot out as far as I can, there’s a visible seperation between the foot and the leg but nothing else visible, probably allowed by the angle someone would be seeing it from. The hands are lycra lined which helps them absorb sweat better.
I’ve also not had any issue cleaning the hands or feet.

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

I’m happy with how the hands and feet look – the hands are chunky and cute, the feet are a good size without being cumbersome to walk in. The pattern as far as I can tell, is symmetrical and shaving is good. The white fur used is the same as the body, the grey fur is shorter and more suitable for the digits while still being soft.

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 is big! It’s about 5ft long itself and carries its own advantages and disadvantages of being so long. It looks great in pictures when I lay it on the ground! But when walking around I carry it using a handy loop to keep it attached to my arm, keeping it off the ground. The tail hasn’t had any issues thus far and is about as easy to put on as you would expect, with it being a belt loop attachment. The tail has more shell plates at the back that attach to the shell backpack with velcro, probably going to get these replaced with a zipper at a later date.

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

I’m really happy with how the tail looks in photos! Practicality wise, I am considering getting a smaller tail made just so I don’t have to worry about carrying it with me to make sure it stays off the ground. But overall I’m quite happy with how my tail turned out, considering it is as long as it is.

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

As previously mentioned, the tail has shell plates on the top which connect to the backpack, to give the shell a seamless look as it goes down my back and onto the tail. On the tip of the tail there is a removeable carribeaner and fabric loop that I slide over my arm and use to keep it off the ground. It’s been perfectly suited for this role and my tail still looks nice and pristine despite the suit’s usage both indoors and outdoors.

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?

Everything fits together well! There’s enough leeway there for a range of movement without flexing anything or exposing skin at the wrists/ankles. The head fits nicely, the feet and hands are comfy, and the suit is fairly lightweight. The colors match their references and are appropriately used.
I haven’t had any issues with parts tearing each other up! The tail is still pristine. The only thing I think I want to change is how the shell attaches to the tail, just because a zipper will be more reliable than velcro, which has had minor issues in the past 18 months of wear. Not a huge issue but one I’d like to be rid of nonetheless.

Overall Project Quality

I’m really happy with Tuli! I got him in time for the convention I wanted to debut him at, people recognise his species, and he’s nice and easy to wear! I don’t expect him to break down any time soon, and I hope he’ll last a good few years to come, with proper care.

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

Initial Contact

Very! I used the email on the maker’s website and asked what they needed from me, provided it, and a quote was given in less than a week.

Maker Response Time

Response time was usually pretty fast, I’d say within 24 hours almost if not every time. Progress pictures were provided during and after each part was being made.

Maker Professionalism

I haven’t had any personal issues with the maker’s professionalism. Contact was treated like a business but not too formal or distant? They know they were making an important object for someone and I definitely felt they were personable, without getting too personal, which was great.

Project Completion Time

My project was finished more than a month ahead of schedule, which I was very happy with! I initially gave a deadline of about 6 months, and it was done with about 6 weeks to spare, giving plenty of time for it to be shipped cross-continent. I was kept abreast of the speedy completion and given the option for the suit to be held onto until the originally agreed up due date, in case I needed time to get money for the shipping fees. Once the shipping had been handled, it was shipped within the week.

Rating

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"Would you recommend this maker to another?"

YES!
This review has been marked with a positive rating.
This means the reviewer would recommend Liquid Sunshine Design.


Final Comments

From my personal experience, I would recommend Liquid Sunshine Designs! She was easy to communicate with over the entire process and I’m very happy with my fursuit. I also know two other people who own suits made by her, both of which are also happy with their suits.


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