I first messaged Carolyn on May 31st that I needed 2 bonnets commissioned for an upcoming con. I wanted 2 of the same bonnets commissioned since I was to twin with a friend (and wanted an excuse to buy one in black and white each, lol). I talked with her over Etsy and e-mails to come up with a design, and decided on this:
A mash up between a BABY bonnet I really liked and one of her other commissions with a Triple Fortune flair. A half bonnet with chiffon gathering and bows on the back portion of the bonnet, 3 different rose corsages (2 on each side, and one on the front portion of the bonnet) and lace details on the front, edge of the brim and back. Also, the bonnet is secured by a large ribbon tie at the bottom and a hair comb on the inside.
I really loved how she updated me after completing each portion and again when she finished each bonnet. I tried to get pictures of each portion and several angles worn, but you'll have to bear with me as I'm using my cell phone camera which isn't too great. I also only took detail pictures of one of the bonnets, because they're pretty much the same.
Inside brim with gathering and lace detail.
Left corsage and bow. The quality of the flowers use are awesome--they look stunning and quite realistic, even up close.
Right corsage and bow. All of these are removable, by the way.
Back detail. I didn't realize it had shifted in the mail and the buckram frame had popped inwards a bit. The note Carolyn included said that this was normal and that I should just gently push it back into place, which I fixed after this photo. XD; Also, some of the lace needs to be lightly steamed back outwards/flat because of how it was packaged in bubblewrap and plastic bags.
The only 2 things I noticed with this bonnet that I had an issue with was that front corsage on the bonnet had come off of its pin base in the mail. Also, the edges of the ribbon ties aren't finished so they've already started to fray a bit. These are both easily fixable with some hot glue and some nail polish to stop the fraying, but I figure they were worth mentioning even though they are only small issues, and personally do not bother me so much.
There is also a medium sized hair comb and Ophanim tag on the inside, which really gives it a professional touch.
Communication: 5/5. She constantly updated me with progress pictures, answered any questions I had and was friendly and accommodating during the entire process.
Quality: Once again, the 2 issues outlined above aren't that big of a deal and one of them was purely a shipping issue. The quality of the materials and construction of this bonnet are wonderful. 5/5.
Conclusion: These bonnets took exactly a month from the first e-mail to show up at my doorstep, and everything went absolutely wonderful. The quality is absolutely phenomenal and I'd highly recommend commissioning hair accessories through Ophanim Gothique. ♥
What's a bonnet review without pictures of it worn? :D
(no idea why the lighting's so weird in this.)
Funky colored one for fun.
Check her pre-made bonnets or contact Carolyn (LJ username: milkteamilk) through here. I hope this helps someone who was wondering about Ophanim Gothique!