Sunday, August 31, 2008

Coming Soon...

This shirt mesh was a pain in the butt. And it's not done yet! I still have to fix the neck (because Maxis didn't). I'm not quite satisfied with the texture, either, but I think it's getting there.

(I'm posting this so I have a reason to finish it. I don't want this one to end up in my "it-would-be-neat-if-I-bothered-to-finish-it-but-I'm-too-lazy-to-perfect-it" folder!)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

New Clothes Alert!

These are just recolours of some of my existing meshes. But there's lots of them! Seventy-two pieces, to be exact. That should be enough to satisfy those demanding Sims!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

New Clothes Alert!

Are they bright enough? I wanted some nice, bright separates for my Sim girls. I also wanted to do something with wild socks. And since I made pleated skirts (erm... I mean kilts) for boys, I wanted to make something pleated for my girls, too. There are sixteen tops and sixteen skirts. That's plenty!

Friday, August 15, 2008

New Clothes Alert!

You know you're getting desperate for ideas when you start making skirts for your boys! Well, to be fair, these are kilts. The challenge was making them not look too girly. Personally, I think male kilts are kind of cool.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Is the font on my TOU not big enough?

I've come across some folks who, despite my terms of use, decided to use my meshes and package them in their own zips. I'm a little annoyed. It's not that I don't want other people to use my meshes (I do!), but I put my terms on my site for a reason. If people can just download my mesh with your recolours, what incentive is there for downloaders outside of MTS2 to visit my site? Also, I have said no to people who asked very nicely to package my meshes with their recolours; so, to find my meshes packaged elsewhere (without so much as a message to me), makes me look like a hypocritical liar.

Perhaps my terms aren't clear enough... I'll have to think about this. I don't want to seem like a mesh hog but, on the other hand, I don't want people thinking I'm a fickle liar, either.

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Clothes Alert!

I think I went a little overboard. Four styles (boys' swim trunks, girls' swim shorts, girls' bathing suits, and unisex UV suits) and eight colours of each... It's a wonder I didn't dream of toddler swimwear after finishing these!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Just for the record...

No, I do not take requests. I'm not advanced enough to tackle some of the things that people ask for, and I have enough on my own to-do list to keep me very busy!

And no, I will not be making teen/young adult/adult/elder versions of any of my clothes. If you want to give it a try, go right ahead (keeping in mind my terms of use, of course). My focus is on making clothes for kids and toddlers, as those age groups have been somewhat neglected by Maxis from the beginning.

New Clothes Alert!

I had to make these for toddlers, too. They look so cozy. They come in eight colours, just like the kids' version. Sleep tight!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Meshing Tidbits

I'm a fair newcomer to the world of meshing. I've been making recolours for a few years, but it got to the point where I was tired of recolouring that Maxis girls' dress. I couldn't find the custom meshes I wanted, either. So I figured it was time to learn. Little did I know how frustrating it would be in the beginning.

I've learned a few things since that I wish I had known from the outset. It would have saved me a lot of aggravation (and a few tears of frustration) had I known. So I thought I'd share some of the things I've learned.

1. Toddler meshes are, in some ways, easier to make. Why? There's no fat morph to deal with. Unfortunately, if (like me) you make your meshes from cobbling together parts from other meshes, there's not a lot to work with. Maxis really didn't include enough toddler clothes.

2. Take advantage of SimPE's tools. Once I found out about this one, my mesh-making really took off. I'd been following the beginner meshing tutorial on MTS2 and, as excellent as it is (I couldn't have learned without it!), it hasn't been updated in a while. When I followed the tutorial, I'd always get stuck on the part where you have to gather together the four files to create the new mesh. Invariably, I'd mess something up and the mesh wouldn't work. But I was informed that the new version of SimPE has an extractor tool. All you have to do is enter the filename and it will gather the four necessary files for you. I've made most (if not all) of my meshes with this method, and they actually work. It's a huge time-saver.

3. Fat morphs suck. Okay, well, they don't really suck, but they're kind of a pain to make. I've learned a few things about fat morphs:
  • If you're making a full body and you're making a lot of changes to the mesh (replacing body parts, moving vertices a lot, etc.), it's probably easiest to make your fat morph after you've finished with the regular mesh.
  • If you're making separates, always do the regular mesh and the fat morph at the same time. Why? Because you need those to line up with all the other separates. You can't just go pulling vertices willy-nilly and expect everything to line up. When I made my first separates, I ran into this problem. I'd only made the regular mesh, and needed to make the fat morph afterward (this is how the tutorial suggests you do it). With separates, though, it's not that easy. My mesh actually exploded.

4. Sometimes meshes explode and there's nothing you can do about it (see above). That's the fat morph shown in the picture. I had to remake it (obviously).

5. Just because it came with the game doesn't mean it's perfect. I've come across a few glitches in Maxis meshes, both in the mesh itself and in the UV map. Oh, and let's not forget the time I spent too much time wracking my brain, trying to fix a mesh... when it was the Maxis skintone that had the line on it!

6. Downloaders will always want the age groups you didn't make. Ah, well. Such is life. I guess I'm off to make some fleece pajamas for toddlers!

Friday, August 8, 2008

New Clothes Alert!

I wasn't kidding when I said they'd be coming soon! I did make some changes, though. The sleeves weren't quite right and their UV map was all weird, so I replaced them. I like the look of these better, anyway.

Coming Soon...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New Clothes Alert!

Today I finally added some more clothes for boys. Most of the stuff I've made is for girls (because, let's face it, girls' clothes are just more fun). Once I got the mesh issues sorted out, though, I had fun making these.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Lots o' Links

None of my Sims clothing is available to download here. It's all at Mod the Sims, though, so head on over there and check it out! I'll be updating this post as I move forward.

Newest creations in each section are listed first. Some of the older stuff isn't that great, but I'll include it here anyway. And no, I will not be making teen, adult, or elder versions of any of my clothing. There are plenty of great clothes for those age groups already.

Female Child:

When Life Gives You Lemons... (hat)
Walking on Sunshine
Winter Skirts
Lots of Long-Sleeved Tops
Snickerdoodle Separates
Holly Jolly Jammies
Upper Crust Separates for Girls
Northern Lights Separates for Girls
On the Fringe
Sporty Pants for Girls
Sloppy Sweaters for Girls
A Winter Walk
The Celebration Variations for Kids
School Dresses
Sneakers & Sundresses
You Snooze, You Lose!
Prairie Jane
Twisted Tween Dresses
Fortune Cookie
Workout Wear with Sneakers for Girls
Comfy Shorts & Sandals
Logos & Sashes & Bows (Oh, My!)
TSS Hairbands for Girls
The Petite Party Dress
Truncated Trousers with Tights
Zip It!
Rough-Hewn Jewels
Lalalime Yoga Wear for Kids
Jolly Holiday for Kids
Betwixt & Between
Buoyant Boleros
Floral Skinny Jeans & Turtlenecks
Retro Ruffle Dresses
Denim & Lace - Summer Separates for Girls
Prim & Polished
Summer Nighties for Girls
Flippin' Fabulous
Oh, My Goodness!
Tween-tastic Dresses
Gathered-Strap Dresses for Girls
The Hive
Attic Treasures
Raucous Rompers
Peasant Blouses - Floral Recolours
Free Spirit Separates for Girls
Sock Hop
Surf's Up Swimwear for Kids
Silk Bubble Dresses
Tie-Strap Tanks
Peasant Blouses
Butterfly Tops & Denim Leggings
Bolero Jacket & Jeans
Dress & Bolero
Wool Dress Coats for Girls
Argyle Hoodie Outfits - Recolours
Hip Halters & Cool Cargo Crops
Summer Jumpers with Sneakers
Tanks and Knickerbockers with Bows
Flowered Hoodies & Tiered Skirts
Little Leotards
Wee Wahines
A Trio of Dresses
Skinny Jeans for Girls
Ruffle Tops & Leggings
Summer Outfits for Girls
Ruffled Swimsuits
Cardigans with Jeans
Snow Bunny Pajamas
Argyle Hoodie Outfits
Winter Separates for Girls
Holiday Formals for Kids & Toddlers
Everyday Hoodie Dresses for Girls
Basic Hoodies in Two Styles for Girls
Autumn Mix & Match
Bell Sleeve Dresses
Parkas & Duck Boots
Fancypants - Play Clothes for Girls
Little Miss Tough Stuff
Summer Showers - Trenchcoats for Girls
A Burst of Brightness - Separates for Girls
Sweet 'n' Sassy Summer Sundresses
Babes in Dreamland - Babydoll Nighties for Girls
Basic Bathing Suits for Little Bathing Beauties
Itty Bitty Bollywood
Playful Pinafores & Pants - Part 2
Playful Pinafores & Pants
Fun Fur Jackets & Jeans
Figure Skating Costumes for Girls
Swing Tops with Leggings & Sandals
Maxis Flower Hats for Little Girls
Candy-Coloured Trenchcoats for Girls
Polo Shirts & Shorts for Girls
Flower Jumpers with Boots
Gingham & Cherries Swimsuits for Girls
Tiered Velvet Dresses for Girls
Gelato Collection for Girls
Babydoll Pajamas for Girls
Alpha Skirts for Girls
Girls' Vest Outfits
Cropped Cardigans for Girls
Layered Outfits for Girls - Recolours
Smocked Dresses for Girls - Recolours
Princess Nighties for Girls
Puff Sleeve Tops for Girls (with coordinating separates) - Recolours
Boutique Dresses for Girls and Toddlers - Recolours
Puff Sleeve Tops for Girls (with coordinating separates)
Ruffled Separates for Girls - Recolours
Pleats & Polos Collection for Girls
Ruffled Skirts & Halter Tops for Girls
Ruffled Separates for Girls
Shirts with Bows for Girls
Boutique Dresses for Girls
Nighty-Night Nightie Collection
Capri Outfits for Girls
T-Shirt & Skirt Outfits for Girls
Sweater & Skirt Set for Girls
Bolero Sweater & Dress Outfits for Girls
Pullover Sweaters for Girls
Cardigan Sweater Outfits for Girls
Eyelet Skirt & Boots Outfit for Girls
Layered Wrap Dresses for Girls
Aloha Collection for Girls
Smocked Dresses for Girls
Girls' Swim Shorts
Black & White Collection for Girls
Girls' Layered Top
Girls' T-Shirt & Shorts
Denim & Bubblegum Collection for Girls
Three-Button Dress & Bike Shorts
Smocked Sundresses for Girls
Strappy Summer Sundresses
Halter Dresses for Girls
Sporty Halter Dresses
Bunny Sundress & Bike Shorts
Pick a Peck of Party Dresses
Summer Pajamas for Girls
Lace & Stripes Pajamas
"Best Friends" Halter Tops
Strawberry Garland Party Dress
Polka-Dot Swimsuits
Polka-Dots & Flowers Dress
Layered Floral Dress

Male Child:

Polyester Parade
When Life Gives You Lemons... (hat)
Lots of Long-Sleeved Tops
Holly Jolly Jammies
Equalization Separates for Boys
Geeky Little Guys
The Celebration Variations for Kids
The Cashmere Kids
The Preppy Crew
Lots of Pockets
Workout Wear with Sneakers for Boys
The Ceiling Fan-Swinging, Manhole-Dwelling Yoga Llama
Lots More Layered Tops
Simple Sweater Outfits
Lots of Layered Tops
Slim Jeans with Boots for Boys
Talkin' 'Bout My Generation
Lalalime Yoga Wear for Kids
Jolly Holiday for Kids
Playground Hazard
The Dazzling Naught
Boys of Summer
Negative 81
Convergence of Polarities
Just Like My Big Brother
Skater Boys
Surf's Up Swimwear for Kids
Untucked Polo Shirts for Boys
Need for Speed
Polos with Shorts & Sneakers
Professor Pipsqueak
Summer Outfits for Boys
Sporty Shorts for Sporty Shorties
Snow Bunny Pajamas
Little Dudes
Holiday Formals for Kids & Toddlers
Boys' Puffy Vests
Sport Pants & Boots for Boys
Boys' Boxers
Basic Hoodies in Two Styles for Boys
A Herd of Happy Hip-Hoppers
Preppy Peeps - Casual Outfits for Boys
Terrific Trunks for Boisterous Boys
Spring Hoodies with Jeans for Boys
Trenchcoats with Jeans for Boys
Cool Casuals for Boys
Boys' Tank & Shorts - Recolours
MUGs and Tees for Boys
Polo Shirts & Cropped Cargo Pants for Boys
Luau Collection for Boys
Lacuscular Llama Swim Trunks for Boys
Boys' Layered Top
Boys' Tank & Shorts

Unisex Child:

When Life Gives You Lemons... (outfit)
Much Maxis
Let's Get Fit!
Little Green Thumbs
Winter Wetsuits
Jackets & Jeans with Snuggly Scarves
Mini Mystics
Little Lumberjacks
Wee Wizards
More Not-So-Tacky Tracksuits
A Bundle of Bathrobes
Fortune Cookie
Just Jackets for Kids
Dreaming of Deliciousness
Lots of Layered Tops
Wee Willie Winkie
The Proliferative Passel of Pajamas
V-Neck Sweaters for Kids
Go Fish!
Cropped Pants with Deck Shoes for Kids
Critter Tees for Kids
Let's Snooze S'more
The Hippity Hat
Short-Sleeved Hoodies & Cargo Pants for Kids
The Hive
Team Plumb-bob versus Team Llama - Redux
Marshmallow Pajamas for Kids
Feelin' Groovy
Tiny Tailcoats
Loose Pants with Sandals
Argyle Sweaters & Jeans
Plumb-bob PJs for Kids
Cozy Wool Pea Coats for Kids
Not-So-Tacky Tracksuits
Sheepish Flannel Pajamas
Dreams of the Orient
Pipsqueak Overalls
Bunny Slippers for Kids
Summer Overalls for Kids
Mini Chefs
Tracksuits for Kids
Wet 'n' Wild Swimwear for Kids
Dapper Duds for Little Dudes & Dudettes
Spring Into Spring Collection for Kids
Young Aviators & Aviatrixes
Vest & Jeans Outfits
Young Yogis & Yoginis - Athletic Wear for Kids
Basic Boxers for Kids
The Pajama Posse - Sleepwear for Kids
Pullover Hoodies for Kids
Outerwear for Kids - Recolours
Fleece Pajamas for Kids - Recolours
Fleece Pajamas for Kids
Back-to-School Collection for Kids
Bushels of Bunnies Pajamas for Kids
Funny Bunny Sleepwear for Kids

Female Toddler:

Puff-Sleeve Onesies
The Celebration Variations for Toddlers
Springy Sims
Raucous Rompers for Toddlers
Petite Pleats
Tied With a Bow
Jolly Holiday for Toddlers
Bubble Shorts & Blouses
Crossover Smocks
Rainbow Rodeo
Toddler Togs for Tepid Temperatures
Snow Bunny Pajamas
Tiny Tanks for Tots
Holiday Formals for Kids & Toddlers
Long-Sleeved Rompers for Toddler Girls
Le Pique-Nique - Drop-Waisted Dresses for Toddlers
Roomy Rompers for Toddler Girls
Lacy Toddler Dresses
Ruffle Tops with Shorts & Sandals for Toddler Girls
Maxis Flower Hats for Little Girls
Smocked Dresses for Toddlers
Boutique Dresses for Girls and Toddlers - Recolours
Boutique Dresses for Toddlers
Toddler Bubble Outfits
Sweetheart & Daisy Toddler Sundresses

Male Toddler:

Sorta Summery
Polo Onesies
The Celebration Variations for Toddlers
Springy Sims
Polos for Pipsqueaks
Jolly Holiday for Toddlers
Midday in Madras
Just Like My Big Brother
Little Cowboys
Snow Bunny Pajamas
Layered Tops for Little Lads
Holiday Formals for Kids & Toddlers
Long-Sleeved Rompers for Toddler Boys
Rumbustious Rompers for Toddler Boys

Unisex Toddler:

Just Jackets for Toddlers
Comfy Cozy
Little Critters
Puss in Booties
Plumb-bob PJs for Toddlers
Sheepish Flannel Pajamas for Toddlers
Biblets for Niblets
Jacket & Shorts Outfit
Bunnybutts Tees for Toddlers
Wet 'n' Wild Swimwear for Toddlers
Two-Piece Pajamas for Toddlers
Team Plumb-bob versus Team Llama
Little Hoodlums Collection for Toddlers
Tetrachromatic Toddler Outfits
Toddler Overalls for Boys and Girls
Fleece Pajamas for Toddlers - Recolours
Toddlers' Swimwear Collection
Fleece Pajamas for Toddlers
Striped Rompers for Toddlers
Teddies for Toddlers Collection
Toddlers' Swing Tops
Toddler Casuals
Tons-of-Fun Toddler Outfits

Unisex Infant:

Bearly Bodysuits
Small Sleepers for the Smallest Sleepers
Little Bear Baby Outfits
Maxis Match Baby Outfits
Little Llama Baby Outfits