Sansar Tutorial: Clothing Creation Using Marvelous Designer

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Lacie, a Linden Lab employee, has made the following tutorial video series and posted it to YouTube and to the Fashion channel on the official Sansar Discord server. In it, she takes the viewer step-by-step through the process of making a shirt in Marvelous Designer 8, texturing it, and then importing it into Sansar to wear on your avatar.

This sort of tutorial is very useful for people (like me), who one day want to become virtual fashion designers in Sansar. I had created twenty articles of clothing for male and female avatars using a previous version of Marvelous Designer last winter, but I haven’t touched the software since February 2017, so this tutorial series is a welcome refresher for me of some nearly-forgotten skills. It’s also perfect for the absolute beginner!

Here’s Part 1, which covers the creation of the clothing in Marvelous Designer (please note that the sound on these videos is really faint, so you will have to turn your speaker volume up to its maximum to be able to hear Lacie’s voiceover, or use headphones):

Part 2 goes over how to texture your clothing:

And finally, Part 3 covers how to export your garment from Marvelous Designer to Sansar:

Thank you, Lacie!

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Learning How to Use Modular Patterns in Marvelous Designer to Create Avatar Clothing for Sansar

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.

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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 🙂

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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!

Forbes Article on the Fashion Market in Sansar

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Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov on Unsplash

Yesterday, Forbes magazine published an article about the new Fashion Market in Sansar, titled New Business Opportunity in VR Fashion. Here’s a quote from that article:

Earlier this week a new virtual reality platform was announced that will be making waves in the virtual fashion market. Users will be able to take clothing that they have made in graphics software and sell them in a new marketplace for people to put on their avatars. What that means is people will be able to dress their characters inside certain computer games and environments with fashions that they buy in this new marketplace.

The Opportunity

The world leading Social VR platform, Sansar, is launching a fashion market for user-created avatar clothing. In this platform, users will be able to adjust their clothing as well and customize its design. This means that they can adjust the fit of the clothing by, pulling shirts over the shoulder, rolling up sleeves, popping collars, and more. This new market will make it easy for individuals to sell their creations to people that can use them in games and virtual environments like Second Life. The virtual clothing and accessory market is already fairly large and this will only add to it.

The Software

The market will be integrated with Marvelous Designer, created by CLO Virtual Fashion Inc. This software is used by many mainstream games companies like Capcom, EA, and Bungie as well as independent designers. Items created here can be exported directly to the Sanar fashion market. Fashion designers, filmmakers, and game makers are already using Marvelous Designer to make unique clothing in virtual environments. Now this integration will make it easy to get these creations, along with the creations of hobbyists and other individuals, into an online market where they can be sold. In addition, to help get things started Sansar will be offering a 60-day free trial of Marvelous Designer for people that sign up for an account.

The article then talks about Second Life, erroneously calling it a “VR environment” and a “VR game”. The article also makes it sound like the clothing you create in Marvelous Designer can be used in Second Life, which is technically true, but you do need to do a fair bit of work in Blender, Maya, or 3DS Max or another program with the output from MD first (there is no direct-export feature like you have with Sansar).

Anyway, it’s great to see an article like this in the mainstream business press about the fashion market in Sansar! I’ve noticed a couple of other articles too:

Linden Lab’s Sansar VR World Adds Fashion Market For User-Created Avatar Clothes (Upload VR)

Linden Lab’s Sansar VR world adds fashion market for user-created avatar clothes (Venture Beat)

Adventures in Virtual Fashion Design: My First Men’s Shirt and My First Women’s Skirt

This is the first blogpost in a new series that I’m calling Adventures in Virtual Fashion Design, where I will document my journey to becoming a full-fledged fashion designer in Sansar.

I have a subscription to the CGElves tutorials, and I have worked through the first two tutorials in their Marvelous Designer Intro and Beginners Course. And Debi Baskerville was kind enough to point me to a very useful beginner’s tutorial by Lori Griffiths:

Using the Lori Griffiths tutorial, I was able to create my first garment using Marvelous Designer, a very simple men’s top:

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I uploaded my shirt (and a thumbnail image) to Sansar and here is my avatar wearing my new shirt in Lookbook. (I notice that the tiny measurement numbers appeared on this garment by accident. I still have to figure out how to remove those before I export.)

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And here I am wearing the first thing that I ever made using Marvelous Designer, in my own experience Ryan’s Garden. I’m so proud of myself! All in all, it took me about three hours from start to finish.

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UPDATE 1:31 p.m.: Using Lori’s tutorial I also made my very first article of women’s clothing, a very simple skirt. Here’s what it looks like:

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Not bad for an absolute beginner, eh? I have decided to give this skirt away as a freebie on the Sansar Store, as the very first item in my RSVF line of clothing:

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UPDATE Dec. 27th: I have decided to take the women’s skirt down off the Sansar Store after only a couple of days. I have learned more about how to use Marvelous Designer, and frankly, I can create a better-looking skirt now! So anyone who did buy this particular skirt, has bought a piece of RSVF fashion history! Maybe you can get it into a museum somewhere 😉