January 29, 2016

Review: Frilly Fillies Custom Fly Bonnets

Frilly Fillies kindly sent Ypke a wonderful Christmas present: one of their custom fly bonnets.
Nancy, the lady behind the lovely bonnets, was an absolute joy to work with.  As we were about to end our phone call, she told me to look through her website and email her the colors that I would like. Little did she know that I would spend over 45 minutes trying to wrap my mind around what I wanted. In my defense, there are 25 base colors, 35 trim colors, and 35 piping colors. On top of that, you can also choose from 3 styles (V, curved, and straight), checkered trim, embroidery, 4 different four-way stretch ear fabrics (knit jersey, velvet, Ice Fill, and small hole mesh), and 9 embellishment options (rhinestones, rivets, beads, and pearls). The possibilities are endless!
Custom Fly Bonnet

I opted to keep it classy and simple with a touch of sparkle.  I requested a black base, feza silver trim, and NS titanium piping and left the rest up to Nancy. She did not disappoint! The bonnet arrived promptly, especially considering the busy holiday season, and my high expectations were exceeded. I know the classic phrase "never judge a book by its cover," but after seeing the cute yet professional packaging I knew that the bonnet it contained would be a winner. I was not wrong!

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One of my biggest pet peeves is ordering something brand new and having it arrive with loose strings and imperfections.  I carefully examined the fly bonnet, searching for something to complain about, and I failed at finding any. I am sure that if I were to fold this bonnet in half it would be perfectly symmetrical — the quality of it cannot be beat. I actually visited a tack shop with a variety of fly bonnet brands to compare the Frilly Fillies one. It beat out the other popular brands by FAR — the stitch was tighter, the yarn had much more substance, the material was softer, and the overall craftsmanship/appearance was superior.

Stitch: The stitch that Frilly Fillies used is tight and even. This is great since it doesn't get caught on everything or stretch out as easily. 

Yarn: The yarn used is fairly soft to the touch and has substance to it. Definitely not thin and flimsy. Clearly of quality with high durability.

Cool mesh ear fabric: I LOVE THIS FEATURE! This is truly the most brilliant part of the bonnet. I don't clip Ypke's ears because we have a major gnat problem around here, and since they avoid her fluffy ears like the plague I have no intention of trimming the hair. As a result, her ears avidly sweat. They won't anymore!

Custom Fly Bonnet

Fit: Frilly Fillies does not keep a stockpile of ready made bonnets, and every bonnet is custom made to your horse's measurements. This is extremely convenient if you have a Fjord with a wide head and short ears.

Options: As I stated earlier, there are many different possibilities and color combinations. You are guaranteed to find just what you are looking for! I already have my future bonnet colors picked out: hunter green base, feza gold trim, and FX #1003 piping.

Price: Prices for these bonnets start at $85, which from looking around I feel is average. However, the materials used are definitely way above average — you cannot go wrong.

Customer service: Nancy was great to work with! While talking on the phone with her, she was super friendly, and she talked to me as if she had known me for years. It was obvious that she is very passionate about what she does. Her email responses were always quick, and the bonnet was shipped to me in a very timely manner.

Custom Fly Bonnet

Summary: With no loose threads, a tight stich, quality materials, custom fit, and great customer service, you really can't go wrong, especially since they are handmade in the USA. I will definitely purchase another color combination (or five...) someday in the future.

Bottom line: A customized look with a custom fit allows for Frilly Fillies to have a very elegant appearance.

Final rating: 11/10 and a spot on the blog's sidebar!

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*Disclaimer: While I did receive the bonnet free of charge, that did not guarantee a positive review.  Though I cannot guarantee your experience will be the same, I can guarantee that this review is 100% my honest opinion and experiences - favorable reviews cannot be purchased here. Frilly Fillie's space on my sidebar was also not requested or paid for - I just love their products.*


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