Look, it’s really no secret that I hate Facebook Spaces. I just can’t get past the cartoony avatars, and the fact that your avatar is essentially stuck sitting around a table in a 360-degree photograph. Even their recent avatar makeover didn’t impress me much.
As I have said before, true social VR should allow your avatar to move around freely, which most of the platforms in this social VR comparison chart I created yesterday permit you to do. There are products out there with much, much better features than Facebook Spaces.
But some people love Facebook Spaces! One of them is Navah Berg, and she’s a digital marketing professional with an interest in social VR (LinkedIn profile) who is eager to share her knowledge of Facebook’s social VR platform.
She’s written up a very detailed post on Medium that outlines how you can customize your T-shirt in Facebook Spaces:
Types of Images that are T-Shirt Ready for Facebook Spaces:
— Selfies from Facebook Spaces taken and shared,
— Images that have been shared or uploaded to your Timeline/Facebook Newsfeed or Facebook Stories from Facebook.com.
— Recently tagged photos of you on your Timeline/Facebook Newsfeed
— Search in Social VR. Images in the search 🔍 section
Here’s one of her results:
Now, I have to admit that this is really cute. However, being able to customize your T-shirt does not compare with the full-blown avatar fashion market that is already available in Sansar and Sinespace.
So, unfortunately, this is not enough to turn me into a fan of Facebook Spaces. (Sorry, Navah!)
Sansar Studios has put dozens of Ready Player One-inspired T-shirts for men and women up in the Sansar Store, and they are all FREE! So I am going to show you a few of the designs available.
I have paired them with a new line of denim skirts made by Solas. Solas NaGealai is a well-known fashion designer in Second Life as the owner of BlueMoon Enterprise (SL store, blog) and the co-owner of Silvan Moon Designs (SL Store, SL Marketplace, Flickr), and she is now creating and selling clothing for Sansar avatars under her Lune Bleue brand name. The denim skirts are available for S$75 each in the Sansar Store.
Here Sansar supermodel Vanity Fair is wearing the blue Joust T-shirt with Solas’ stone wash denim skirt in blue:
This is the Crystal Key tie-dyed T-shirt with the bleach wash denim skirt:
And finally, we have the black Easter Egg T-shirt with a black denim skirt:
The final picture was taken at C3rb3rus’ experience The Beach. In this picture, Vanity is also wearing:
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!