[YES] Caprica the Istarian Frilled Western Dragon Partial by Cawstumes


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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Twitter: bramble_wolf
Furaffinity: bramble-wolf

Relationship With Maker

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

Prior Experience

No, this is my first fursuit.

Informed Maker of Issues

Yes, I had a few initial issues due to my inexperience with fursuits but Cawstumes was very patient and helped me resolve the issues.

Wear Time

20+ hours over six conventions and other various events
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Partial
Style: Realistic
Shipped From: USA

Species

Istarian Frilled/Western Dragon
Filed under Dracontine

Made in Year

Transaction Information

1032.49 USD paid in installments
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review

November 22, 2019

Buy/Commission Date
November 2016
Completion/Ship Date
December 2017
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Caprica the Istarian Frilled Western Dragon in a realistic 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.

When I first received the head new, it was a little tight in spots and also a little nose heavy. The articulated jaw was also fairly tight and stiff but it got easier the more I wore it. Adding a bit of padding in the forehead portion and wearing a balaclava worked wonders to fix the issues and she is very comfortable to wear! Still a little tight/snug to put on at first so I can’t recommend anyone with a head size larger than mine to wear her.

Ventilation is through the mouth and also has a small fan installed in the snout that draws air in through the nostrils. Since acquiring a cooling balaclava, my face almost never feels too hot with the combined airflow from the fan/and or propping the mouth open a bit.

The vision is alot better than I expected from a resin head. Still incredibly limited, but nothing you don’t get used to. There is a blind spot directly in front of the snout, in front and below starting from the lower jaw, and to the sides of the face/behind that is easily compensated for by turning or looking around alot.

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

I absolutely love the work put into the appearance of the head and it never fails to stun me every time I pull her out to suit up.

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

The eyes are 3D follow me eyes with green LEDs installed into them. Sadly, the LEDs stopped working after my first few conventions but that doesn’t take away from any of the fun of wearing her.
Features a small fan in the muzzle to draw fresh air in to keep my face cool.

Only minor issue I have is the wires for the fan and LEDs rest against my neck and the pouch sewn into the neck to house the battery holders can be a little bulky at times.

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 handpaws are 5-fingered and very comfortable to wear. The palm pads are slightly stuffed and give a little extra cush to them. They stay on my hands but are still easy to pull off if need be.

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

I adore the look and feel of the hands and I especially have fun playing with and clicking the resin claws on the finger tips. The hand paws give off a very appealing dragon/lizardy look.

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 3 feet in length and feels more comfortable worn with the belt around my hips as opposed through the belt loops of pants or around the waist. Tail is stuffed but almost moves like a semi-articulated tail. It has lots of movement and very whippy while still being stiff enough to not flop or drag on the ground.

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

The tail is stunning with the vibrant green/teal stripes and extremely soft and smooth. The frill going down the center of the spine stays up and doesn’t flop over. Everything matches the ref and all the stripes line up perfectly!

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 really well and is exactly what I was expecting, and more, based on Cawstumes previously completed works!

Overall Project Quality

I am extremely happy with the quality and craftsmanship. Going on 3 years with my suit, and there have been minimal repairs so far. All the seams are very well sewn and nothing has popped or ripped.

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

Initial Contact

Commissioned them through FA after I saw an opening for fursuit heads. Information and further contact was

Maker Response Time

Cawstumes was quick to respond within a few hours to a day whenever I had questions or concerns.

Maker Professionalism

Cawstumes was very professional and communication with them was pleasant and comfortable.

Project Completion Time

Cawstumes had a decent sized queue already when I commissioned them so I knew there would be a wait time. The longest wait was just waiting for my spot in the queue to come up. The actual completion time was relatively quick my partial was shipped out around a month and a half after work started on it. Tracking was used, and my suit arrived about a week after being shipped.

Rating

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"Would you recommend this maker to another?"

YES!
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This means the reviewer would recommend Cawstumes.


Final Comments

I would commission Cawstumes again in the future for another suit. They did fantastic work on bringing my character to life and was willing and flexible to work with. I couldn’t have asked for a better maker to create Caprica.


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