[YES] Kayla the Golden Retriever 3/4th Suit by Lizard Loves Mustache


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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Furaffinity: kaylurmod
Twitter: KaylurMod
Deviantart: kaylamod

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

I have made 3 and bought 2 premades, this is my first commission.

Informed Maker of Issues

Yes, when I got the product the arm sleeves were much shorter and bigger than my measurements. The feetpaws were also very short and showed my feet from the back. The leg sleeves had issues that I did not get fixed as I plan to go back for digi-grade legs soon. When the issues were brought up LLM immediately got back to me and offered to fix them as soon as possible, which I sent and they were fixed very quickly and there’s no issues after that.

Wear Time

20
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

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

Species

Golden Retriever
Filed under Canidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

1700 USD paid in installments
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review

May 30, 2020

Buy/Commission Date
July 2019
Completion/Ship Date
February 2020
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Kayla the Golden Retriever plantigrade 3/4th suit 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 very comfortable, it fits my glasses perfectly and is easy to take on and off via a zipper in the back. The head is lined professionally with quilted broad cloth. My face sits very close to the mouth where there are raw edges which can tickle my nose occasionally. The ventilation is Ok, i do need to hold the mouth open to catch my breath after putting it on or doing some large physical movement, however just walking I am comfortable. The vision is basic fursuit vision, no peripheral, center blind spot, and no seeing below the nose, my face sits very close to the eyes which does enhance the vision compared to larger heads that have also fit my glasses.

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

The appearance is exactly how I see my fursona. Symmetry is perfect for being a uniquely carved head. The shaving is slightly choppy however I don’t notice it until I get close. The fur feels high quality and luxurious, very soft and sturdy. The hair on the head is brush uniquely to bring the fur out from the backing, I’ve seen many Kemono makers use this technique, it was used very well here. There are some spots on the head that have dried hot glue, non on the fur just on the felt/ lining on the nose and mouth, there is also one small raw edge of fur near the mouth that makes a hold, that is the only spot that I wasn’t impressed on but didn’t care too much as it’s an easy fix with a Hanson stitch. The zipper on the back of the head was white, making it very noticeable around the dark brown hair, even when brushed. This has been easily fixed with just coloring the zipper. I can take the head off with the zipper still zipped up, however I can not put it on like that, the zipper is very easy to use and does not get stuck in the hair. There are some spots where the white thread shows through, primarily around the ears and mouth.

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 add-on was a neck puff/ ring. This amplifies the neck fluff greatly on my fursona and it’s exactly how I want it to work. It is reversible and comfortable. It can be tight if the neck ring and the neck fabric of the head, sometimes feeling choking however it’s easy to separate and fix with help or if I’m calm. I can not take the head off easily if I wear the neck puff, I do need to pull the head neck out then take it off. It was LLM’s first neck puff and they did a great job on it.

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 were unlined, which I wasn’t expecting. I requested for finger holes in the palms which were easily accessible. I did need to buy Lycra gloves to use the paws as the fur backing is not comfortable to me. They are very basic and have good movement. The feet at first were very short and showed my feet from the back, this has been fixed and now are higher up and comfortable. They are built on shoes I sent so they fit perfectly, they have been worn through concrete areas heavily and are still very durable looking and feeling.

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

Appearance could be better. They seem to have been machine sewn quickly as there is fur caught in the seams, there was also a very visible knot on one of the black paw pads with white thread. The fur is very soft and durable. The feet paws look really nice and after being fixed fit perfectly. The shaving shows the toes clearly without having claws and being a solid color.

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 one of my favorite parts of the suit. It fits snugly on my belt, while there is a small struggle, mostly because of my belt shape, it’s very durable and comfortable to wear. I have worn it while sitting in a car for some time and it wasn’t bulky or in the way. The tail doesn’t move much, only when I am very forceful, which I like.

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 looks great in all pictures, it fits close to my belt so it don’t show or bend my belt. The pattern does make my fursona look like a raccoon which gets many confused species guesses but that’s exactly how she’d like. It’s very soft, stuffed moderately, and accurate to my character.

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?

This suit is exactly how I see my fursona, i’ve had my character for many years and I’m very proud to wear this suit that accurately portrays her/ me. I used a reference that was drawn by my friends that was actually meant to be similar to another maker’s style. The colors, markings, everything is as close as I think anyone can get. Heck I even got my graduation pictures done while in this fursuit!

How well does everything fit together and match up?

Everything matches up very well, the leg sleeves are the only things with problems as they are hard to get on and stay on, however i’m experimenting with ways to fix that, or i’m also planning to just goo back to LLM and get digi-legs. The legs are also quite baggy. The arms and hands match up great after the fix, the head and neck ring connect great as well. The seams match up accurately,

Overall Project Quality

I am very happy and satisfied with the product, the pros very much out weigh the cons and the maker’s communication was a big plus for that. The quality of the suit, fur used, foam work, all right down to the eyes and hair are up to my standards and I wear this proudly and comfortably.

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

Initial Contact

I found LLM on twitter from seeing on of her suits preformed by her sister named Roxxy, I followed Roxxy for a few months before seeing her retweet LLM saying they were open for commissions. LLM used google forms for getting a quote, about 24 hours later I got an email with a quote (initially $1500). She was very clear and had a welcoming first impression.

Maker Response Time

The response time for LLM is incredible. I never had an email go unanswered for more than what seemed like 12 hours. Even when I sent an email at midnight she responded in less than 20 minutes. All communication went through email.

Maker Professionalism

Professionalism was an all time high. I felt like I was talking to a friend and was given honest answers throughout the responses while still being business-like and to the point. Any mistake I pointed out along the way was fixed quickly and efficiently.

Project Completion Time

I originally ordered the commission to have a deadline of TFF2020, LLM finished it weeks before TFF and gave USPS priority tracking quickly. For the first shipment and the repairs.

Rating

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YES!
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This means the reviewer would recommend Lizard Loves Mustache.


Final Comments

I am very happy with LLM, on my twitter I gush about my suit and how great my maker is anytime I can. I wish I could wear her out more often however the wait will just make it that much better when I can go out! I have gotten many compliments, in public and on my profiles, about how cute and great this suit is.
Pros
– Great communication
– High-quality build
– Public Trello

Cons
– A few spots of thread and glue showing
– Unlined paws (A con for me, may be a pro to others)



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