[YES] Alina the Lioness Partial + Armsleeves by Darkmoon Silver Creations

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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Twitter: TheLionsRage

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

No, this is my first fursuit.

Informed Maker of Issues

No, I have not had major issues that needed their help.

Wear Time

Probably 16-20ish hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Partial
Style: Toony
Shipped From: USA

Species

Lion
Filed under Felidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

1,445 USD paid in installments
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review

February 1, 2020

Buy/Commission Date
April 2019
Completion/Ship Date
June 2019
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Alina the Partial + Armsleeves 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 fits perfectly on me, which is impressive considering I have lots of hair, the air flow is pretty good for what it is though does get stuffy after 15 minutes without taking it off. The eyesight is not that great with a blind spot dead ahead and I usually need to turn to look at things but is to be expected.There is a balaclava sewn/glued into the head as well which is nice, though it looks like it was cut a bit weirdly and has parts of it somewhat peeling off.

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

She’s gorgeous, the mane on her is perfect and shows dedication and skill. The sewing is solid too. I love the tongue and teeth, and the holes in the nose for nose rings is nice as well However there is a small bald spot in the corner of her left eye towards the muzzle which isn’t that visible until you get close, and I believe the foam in one of the ears is broken and the ear sags a bit because of it. The style is awesome with great follow me eyes. The design of Alina was almost perfectly followed and Darkmoon Silver Creations really brought her to life!

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 fit well and are comfortable having one paw pad slightly bigger than the rest to fit two fingers. I have had to repair these a bunch especially in between the fingers.
For the feet, they are also super comfy and are plenty big enough for my size. Somehow they feel super roomy yet don’t slip off my feet at all. They are a bit bulky to walk around in and it is extremely hard to walk up stairs. The bottom of the feet is foam since they are outdoors. I haven’t had to do any repairs on these babies.

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

Both the hands and feet look symmetrical, and match the design perfectly. The handpaws are pretty simple by design but the shaving on them is well done. On the feet the shaving is great as well even between the multiple color switches. Really everything about them looks great except for the claws, which don’t all face the right way and tend to flop around but that is likely due to them being fleece.

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.

I want to give my maker full credit, Alina’s tail is *extremely* complicated. The more complicated the design, the more errors get made. This was the most unsatisfying part of the commission. With all of the different pieces needing to be sewn, after pretty much every wear I can see near the tip of the tail the thread being pulled apart and the stuffing shows. This is most likely due to the wire. My maker offers to “Add wire through the tail to allow for it to be curved and could be positioned to not touch the ground or curled for an extra 25$” which I did However, this is easily the worst part of the tail. The wire does not keep the tail from dragging or help with positioning at all. Instead it makes the tail bulky and it will make it bend at odd angles anywhere along the tail. The tail is hard to move because of this and feels like a weight dragging. The fur also tends to twist around it. I would highly NOT recommend the wire at least for floor dragging tails and I am probably going to remove it at some point. Otherwise, it fits well with two big loops to attach a belt to and the shape of the tail itself is great.

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

With how freaking complicated her tail is, they did a great job trying to accomplish the full design. Especially near the base of the tail looks amazing. The suit is long fur but my maker told me that the design would be more clear with short fur on the tail and asked me if I wanted them to shave it. I said yes and they did a great job with the base of the tail having long fur and quickly becoming short fur. However, the farther towards the tip of the tail you get, the fur becomes weird with random unshaven fur spots and the black zipper parts have weird edges. I think because of the wire the tail is a bit under stuffed so right where the tail tip attaches to the rest of the tail it isn’t stuffed at all giving a slightly deflated look. Looking from above the tail looks good, it’s really the bottom of the tail that starts to look choppy.

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

I don’t know where this was supposed to go but I also purchased armsleeves from my maker. The armsleeves look and feel really nice, the maker had me take several measurements to make sure it fits just right. The design on them is perfect. When I did my first wash I did find a pin in one of them so that wasn’t cool. All of the fur direction is right and the elastic to connect them isn’t that uncomfortable.

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 made the reference art myself which wasn’t an issue at all. My maker almost exactly followed the design, (the black stripe on the face is supposed to be longer than the green ones but they made it the same) and attempted a very challenging tail design

How well does everything fit together and match up?

Everything looks wonderful together. The armsleeves blend perfectly into the paws, the fur used is all from the same batch and is therefore the same for every piece. I chose Darkmoon Silver Creations because their lion suits looked awesome in the past, and they lived up to my expectations! Everything fits, the feet are almost comically big but that doesn’t take away from the costume.

Overall Project Quality

I am very happy with how she came out. Everything is comfy, to the design and the style is great! I have eyelids for her that are Velcro which give her a few more expressions as well! I very much regret having wire in the tail. Overall the fur quality is great, all faces the right direction, they did the mane perfectly, and managed to make her look feminine with eyelashes, despite manes being associated with male lions. The price was extremely affordable (they have raised them since my commission) and I will think she will last me a long time with a few seams I’ll need to sew every other time I wear her or so. Darkmoon Silver Creations was kind and respectful throughout the process and I would totally commission them again if they still did bodysuits.

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

Initial Contact

It was super easy to get a quote, they announced it on their Instagram that they were open, had a google form anyone could fill out, and got back to everyone. Then they announced via email that commissions were open and responding got you a slot. I paid through paypal.

Maker Response Time

Email was used for communication after filling out the google form. The maker got back to me usually the same day and no more than 3 days after any email.

Maker Professionalism

They were very kind and patient in explaining any questions I had. It was business-like and they were very clear in what they needed whenever they asked for measurements, even giving picture examples of what I needed to do for the armsleeves.

Project Completion Time

They had a very quick turnaround! They were extremely kind in that I had apparently responded asking for a commission right after someone else had claimed the last spot, but I was still accepted, mine was just done after all other commissions with a later completion ETA than they had announced. They updated the ETA a few times but only to say it would be earlier. Initially it was set to be done from the end of June to the end of July but they finished June 13th! Somehow shipping only took 3 days as well?

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 Darkmoon Silver Creations.


Final Comments

My maker was respectful, willing to do a challenging part and is an extremely skilled maker. They have improved so much in such a short amount of time and they did an awesome job with Alina. I’d highly recommend them to anyone, especially people with lion fursonas. I don’t recommend getting wire in the tail, at least if you have a floor dragger. They clearly care for their work and it shows. The suit isn’t perfect but I think Darkmoon did it better than anyone else could have, I love it!


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