Two very experienced Marvelous Designer users named MD-Angel and Vintorix are sharing their avatar clothing creation expertise with us on the discussions in the Fashion channel of the official Sansar Discord server. This information is much appreciated by newbie users of MD, like me!
One thing that I did not know until today, is that MD has modular pattern pieces stored in a library, which you can use as a starting point for your own garments. I was playing around with these today, just to see what I could make. The first thing I tried was a men’s dress shirt. Here is what my men’s white (untextured) dress shirt looked like on the first try. It still needs a lot of work to look better, but it’s a very promising start! It would have taken me HOURS of working my way up the learning curve to try and build such a nice-looking buttoned shirt collar on my own.
The second garment I tried to make was an oversize women’s V-neck T-shirt, and it turned out so well that I am placing it for sale on the Sansar Store! Here’s what it looks like on Vanity Fair (see picture, below, taken in my own experience, Ryan’s Garden). Here’s a link to the T-shirt listed for sale on the Sansar Store. I’ve priced it at S$5, like my other clothing in the Store (except for a few freebies). I don’t think it’s fair to charge too much money for items made while I am still learning how to use the Marvelous Designer software properly. I also want people to buy my clothes, so I am deliberately keeping my prices affordable! I get such a thrill whenever I make s sale, and whenever I see someone wearing a piece of clothing that I made 🙂
I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, the very talented and experienced Marvelous Designer creators like MD-Angel and Vintorix, who are freely sharing these valuable tips and techniques with us! These people are working hard, for no pay, to provide truly helpful advice for the entire fledgling fashion designer community in Sansar, so please be sure to thank them when you meet them in-world or on the Discord channels!
Well, I’ve been busy this afternoon making women’s T-shirts! I finally settled on a more comfortable, roomier-fitting T-shirt design, and here are three new shirts for sale for only S$5 each on the Sansar Store!
There’s a light blue floral pattern:
And the same floral pattern in pink-and-red:
And finally, my favourite, a watercolour pattern!
Today, I spent a couple of hours working on a T-shirt for female avatars, this time with proper sleeves and a proper collar. I fiddled a lot with it, adjusting it here and there, and I think it turned out pretty well! My first try was a little too tight, so I made it 105% larger and that seemed to do the trick.
There’s only one small problem that I can find with it. When I wore my VR headset and looked at myself in third-person mode, then raised my avatar’s arms, I noticed that her skin poked through the cloth at the armpits and a little bit at the top of the shoulders. I need to figure out how to fix that problem, but in the meantime, I’m going to make a plain white (untextured) version of this women’s T-shirt available for FREE in the Sansar Store (here’s the link). You will need to press the Simulate Cloth button, and tug at the bustline and around the hemline of this T-shirt, to get it to fit your avatar properly!
Please accept this T-shirt as my Happy New Year present to you. I’ll keep tweaking it until I get a design that I’m 100% satisfied with and I’m willing to sell for actual Sansar dollars! I find creating clothing using Marvelous Designer for Sansar to be incredibly satisfying!
Well, the free items in my store, RSVF, are selling quite well, but of course, I’m not making any profit on those!
But yesterday I had my very first paying customer! Thank you, Radioactive Rosca, for buying my men’s T-shirt with the parrot design!
I made S$5 on the sale, which works out to about a U.S./Canadian nickel, but hey, I’ll take it!
My virtual fashion empire is officially launched! Woot!! And as a thank you to Radioactive Rosca, I made a bright yellow T-shirt with the international radioactive hazard symbol, as he had asked me to do! It’s also available for sale for only S$5 on the Sansar Store:
…and Rosca immediately bought it, and wore it to 114 Harvest! Here is a photo of Rosca with Drax!
And that’s my SECOND real sale! I’m on a roll!!
Well, today I spent quite a few hours trying to make a “simple” men’s T-shirt, and learning from my mistakes along the way. My first design had the sleeves as part of the T-shirt body itself, and it looked like this:
But when I wore it in-world, I would get holes where my upper arms poked through, and no amount of adjusting the fabric in Lookbook would fix the problem.
I reported the problem to the Fashion channel on the official Sansar Discord server, and one person said:
So I gave up on that design and looked around for a T-shirt pattern with separate pieces for the sleeves. I found this very useful tutorial on YouTube, and I followed it:
And I solved my underarm problem! But then I came across another problem. My T-shirt looked fine in the Marvelous Designer preview window:
But when I wore it in Sansar, I got these ugly silvery seams everywhere!
Again, I appealed for help on the Fashion channel, and I searched for and found something that Agustine had recommended as a way to get rid of seams: Disable the Show Internal Lines feature in the 3-D avatar display.
And I finally got it to work! Here’s what my T-shirt looks like now:
As I mentioned before, I used to create clothing for male and female avatars in the late, lamented virtual world called Cloud Party. Well, what image should Facebook offer up as a memory today but this one, a screen capture of my online store in Cloud Party!
(Cloud Party shut down for good on February 21st, 2014. I still miss the place sometimes. I first met several people there that I now know on Sansar.)
I gave away my clothing for free then, and I always got a small thrill whenever I saw someone else wearing something that I had made! That was back in 2012/2013, my first foray into virtual fashion. I find it very fitting that this image comes up unexpectedly again as I embark on a new adventure in virtual fashion design in a new virtual world, Sansar!
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UPDATE 4:07 p.m.: I went over to the casual meetup today at Debi Baskerville’s White Out experience, and who should I run into but Radioactive Rosca, who was wearing my new T-shirt! Yay!!