[YES] Fen the Fox Fullsuit by Pin & Needle Works

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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

TinyFen / PaitynArt
Twitter: tinyfen
Twitter: paitynart

Relationship With Maker

The maker IS a friend

Prior Experience

Yes, I have owned 3 fursuits in the past.

Informed Maker of Issues

Yes, some fitting issues & some aesthetic issues were discussed and fixed promptly.

Wear Time

40+ hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

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

Species

Fennec Fox
Filed under Canidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

4200.00 USD paid in installments
Filed under $4000 and over.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review

September 28, 2019

Buy/Commission Date
July 2018
Completion/Ship Date
May 2019
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Fen the fullsuit with plantigrade padding 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 is lined with lycra so it is soft and plush while functional. The fit is a bit tight near the ridge of my nose but nothing to the point of being uncomfortable. The breathability is incredible, I rarely get warm due to poor ventilation. The vision is incredible, I can see in my peripherals easily, even with added eyelids attached. Cleaning the head is super easy and not time consuming.

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

The craftsmanship on the head is incredible. Symmetry is perfect, markings symmetrical, match my design. The shaving is even, the transition to fur types is flawless. The fur quality is incredibly, brushing it is easy.

The expression of the head is perfect. The eyes and mouth are static. I have attachable eyelids for expression changes. Their fun to play with!

The head appeals to me aesthetically.

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

Additionally the head has huge removable ears that snap on and off with heavy duty clips. This makes transporting the head and protecting the ears easy.

The ears while being on clips have a bit of a bounce to them, making it fun to shake my head and make them wiggle. The ear shape is phenomenal.

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 near perfectly, a little loose in the stomach area. It is incredibly comfy to wear, making movement enjoyable. The quality of the suit is incredible, however a seam or two has popped in my shoulder / armpit area. They were simple fixes and I blame the damages partially on my washing machine.

The body is not lined but the end of the fabric is lined with the same color minky as my pawpads, ensuring a clean and soft edge where my skin is touching.

Airflow is incredible, the only place that gets stuffy is my thighs, which evidently have so much stuffing it’s unavoidable. I have never been able to suit for hours on end until this suit.

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

The craftsmanship on the body is incredible. Symmetry is perfect, markings symmetrical, match my design. The transition to fur types is flawless, especially from chest to stomach. The fur quality is incredibly, brushing it is easy.

The color selection is spot on. My body suit is padded plantigrade so there is padding in the thighs and butt. The shape is perfect, exaggerated in the best way possible without looking lumpy or unnatural.

The body matches the concept art 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.

The hands and feet fit perfectly. Both are comfortable to wear and do not restrict movement. My wrists will show a little of I stretch, no issues with ankles ever showing. Neither hands or feet slide off, putting them on is easy.

The feet are lined with Lycra and built on a slipper style. They are plush inside. The hands are not lined. Both have the end of the fabric lined with the same color minky as my pawpads, ensuring a clean and soft edge where my skin is touching.

The only issue I’ve found is the middle of my finger seems have popped, nearly all of them. They were harder fixes and I blame the damages partially on my washing machine. Otherwise no pawpads have come undone, nothing! Cleaning is easy.

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

The craftsmanship on the hands and feet is incredible. Symmetry is perfect, markings symmetrical, match my design. The transition to fur types is flawless, especially from long to short fur on my hands. The fur quality is incredibly, brushing it is easy.

The color selection is spot on. My paw pads on the hands and feet are minky with an embroidered lining. The fingers are also stuffed for a plush look. The stuffing is free flowing in my fingers right now but my maker ensures to replace that with sealed stuffing inserts soon. The feet came with sandals to protect the pawpads and bottom sole. They are made of yoga mat & elastics. Unfortunately one of the sandals have already broken but they are easily replaceable.

Everything matches my concept art perfectly.

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 a bit loose fitting against my bodysuit, on its own it’s perfect. I opted out of a attached tail when offered but need to wear two belts if I want the tail to be flush against the body suit.
The tail does not restrict movement however wearing two belts around my waist is uncomfortable. I’ve brought this up to my maker and we’re working on a solution. It mostly likely due to the body suit tail hole being to big.

No seams have popped or ripped. Pulling on it just makes the tail no longer flush with the bodysuit. It is just a stuffed shaped tail. Easy to clean, matches my concept perfectly.

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

The craftsmanship is incredible. Symmetry is perfect, markings symmetrical, match my design. The transition to fur types is flawless. The fur quality is incredibly, brushing it is easy.

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?

I drew my own concept art for the maker. The maker did not alter my design and nothing was simplified. Any changes were discussed and agreed upon before hand. They even altered things I was clear on needed to be changed.

The maker chose to match the aesthetics of my own artwork rather then be specific to species. I really enjoy that, it’s my character, my unique art, rather than any other fennec fox. This made the suit match the concept art flawlessly.

How well does everything fit together and match up?

Everything fits together besides the tail not being flush with the bodysuit. The colors are consistent, there is only visible gaps between my wrists occasionally when I stretch. The only loose part of the bodysuit is the stomach but it all looks correct when together.

The costume is consistent with the makers style and quality. Although the style is more based off my concept art, it was exactly what I was expecting from them. They would hard with me to ensure that.

Overall Project Quality

The product exceeded my expectations. The price I paid was worth it. The items seem like they will last a long time, I absolutely adore wearing my suit. I cried after my first convention wearing it because I haven’t enjoyed suiting like that in years.

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

Initial Contact

Found opening on Twitter & personally contacted on Telegram. I signed a contract, filled out what qualities I wanted the suit to have and paid my down deposit.

Maker Response Time

We communicated through Telegram only. We did switch from business telegram to personal telegram.

Maker Professionalism

I am incredibly satisfied with the makers professionalism. I was treated with respect and they were pleasant to work with. Their was a mix of business and friendship communication. However when it came down to serious suit questions, it was professional. They never made excuses and were open about their work schedule.

Project Completion Time

My project was finished within less then a year. The queue was times appropriately. I was aware of my placement. Originally we had planned for a con deadline in March but pushed it back to May to avoid it being rushed. I was fine with this and any changes were communicated appropriately. I had the pleasure of visiting their workshop while they completed my suit, I was able to take home that day half the suit with the other half being shipped.

The head, tail and body of the suit were shipped. Two day shipping, tracking was provided. They did get caught in Canadian Customs from USA and I had to be interviewed at the airport before it was released. It was not a cheap shipping method but the maker handled the situation promptly. I got the parts in time.

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 Pin & Needle Works.


Final Comments

PNWorks is run by Rowan who previously worked with SunnyValleyC. PNWorks is new a new business but Rowan’s work is not new and has been creating suits since 2012.

This suit makers quality is top notch and was a blast to work with. I would recommission them in a heart beat for more projects. Please follow them & keep up to date on their work!



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