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!!