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Thursday 4 November 2010

All coats have been upgraded

Avatar Reality released a new cage last week, one which is for long coats for men. This significantly improves the mesh deformation of coats, and I have therefore remade all my coats to take advantage of this.

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This includes both Regency-style coats.

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Both morning wear and evening wear coats have been upgraded, too.

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As has the Australian-style riding coat.

Friday 15 October 2010

Tux redux

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Here's a look at the modern evening wear items all worn together. I have added this ensemble to the Suggested Combinations page.

The key to putting together an outfit in Blue Mars (at the time of writing) is adjusting the relative position of the garments in the clothing hierarchy, so that the inner clothing does not appear through the outer clothing. To the right is a partial screendump showing how I have arranged this outfit. The first point to note is that the jacket and trousers (marked B) are kept far apart, so that they glitch as little as possible, across the widest range of animations. There are two provisos to this, however. Shoes must be placed closer to the body than the pants, as one might expect. Secondly, the bow tie must be placed further from the body than the jacket. This is so that its wings appear to rest above the lapels. If the bow tie were made part of the shirt (which must, obviously, be placed closer to the body than the jacket) then the tie would appear to dip beneath the lapels in a very unrealistic way. That is the reason for keeping shirt and tie as separate garments, and the reason why the tie is defined as an outer garment. You may need to remember that when you go looking for it in inventory.

The spaces between the trousers and jacket are where everything else needs to go - hair, shirt, hat, gloves, etc. In this example, only my shirt and hair are there.

It certainly pays to become adept at arranging your Blue Mars clothing. This system is not just a good way to minimise glitching, it also offers greater flexibility when putting together outfits from multiple developers.

Saturday 9 October 2010

A modern take on evening wear

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Although 'modern' refers to a look that was more prevalent fifty years ago than today, today I release an outfit in four parts: dinner jacket, trousers, bow tie and shirt. This is a look popularised in the early James Bond films: white or cream-coloured jacket, white shirt, and contrasting trousers and bow tie. All items are available in my shop in Caledonia, but you may have to look hard for the bow tie. Because of its small size it is quite hard to see, but rest assured it is there in the space below the shirt, and just to the right of the trousers.

There is huge variability in the design of dinner jackets. They can be black or white, single- or double-breasted, have 1, 2, 4, or 6 buttons, have notched, peaked or shawl lapels, be vented or unvented, and even button right-over-left as well as left-over-right. You can see from the picture above just which design decisions I took. Mine is a very simple jacket - pocketless, without buttonhole and with only two buttons, both on the breast and at the cuffs. The buttons are made from a dark polished stone. The bow tie is also simple, an unpatterned black velvet. The trousers are pleated at the front, and have a black braid side stripe running down each leg. The shirt is a close-fitting type, with black studs that match the jacket buttons.

The new clothing system in Blue Mars has made this outfit possible. In earlier days it was necessary to combine jackets, shirts and ties, but they can now be separated, which certainly allows for greater flexibility. Note that the tie can sit over the lapels of the jacket, if it has been positioned that way in the valet system.

Tuesday 5 October 2010

All remaining suit jackets have been upgraded

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The pinstriped, white and blue suit jackets all now share the roomier fit and other improvements of the hooped jacket. Any customers who own one of these jackets, if you have not already seen a message from me, are asked to get in touch so that I can arrange to pass you your new jacket.

Saturday 2 October 2010

An upgraded suit jacket (and a mea culpa)

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I've just released Mk II of the jacket for the hooped suit I released a few days ago. This is essentially a correction; I found that no matter what steps I took inworld to minimise glitching, there was just too much, and so there was nothing else for it but to release a new version of the jacket with a slightly roomier fit around the shoulders and elbows. There is always some compromise to be made with clothing, and in this case I just went too far with the tailored fit. That problem, however, is now solved, and I have contacted all customers who bought this jacket to arrange their upgrade. Furthermore, corrected versions of all the other jackets in the range will be available next week, and customers of those will be equally entitled to the upgrade. I apologise for the inconvenience.

And good news: the jacket is improved in ways other than fit. The pockets are better defined. The lapels are sharper. There is more symmetry in the overall design. The seams are better drawn. The silhouette is smoother, and the buttoning is now the more traditional left-over-right. Of course, if you prefer the earlier version, you will always now have the choice.

Tuesday 28 September 2010

Double-breasted white suit

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If your vanity has a touch of the bonfire about it, you might like to don the new white suit - double-breasted, tailored, and with pleated trousers.

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Of course, if the full 'Tom Wolfe' look is what you are after, these items might be the right stuff to add:

Tuesday 21 September 2010

Contemporary business suits

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Here I have taken an excursion into contemporary fashion, with a small range of business suits. This is in response to the evident increase in interest in Blue Mars among the more serious corporate and education sectors. It has been refreshing to exercise a bit of artistic license and to throw off the fetters of historical accuracy. Indeed, with these suits I have done things just a little differently. While double-breasted, the suits have four buttons instead of the more common six, one has horizontal stripes, and the way they button at the front and the cuffs is quite unusual. I am therefore pretty confident that within the limited sartorial repertoire of the business crowd, wearers of these suits will stand out.

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Tuesday 14 September 2010

Australian-style riding coats, for men and women

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Beginning in the late 1800s, coats like these were used on the cattle and sheep stations of Australia, by stockmen who spent days in the saddle, often in inclement weather, and they are still common in rural Australia today. They even enjoy a certain popularity among cityfolk, too. The coats are rain- and wind-proof oilskins, and seal up tight around the neck and wrists to keep out the wet and cold. They have a couple of features to suit riders: the tails actually strap to the legs to stop them being blown up and dragged back while riding, and the back is split right up to the base of the spine so that the coat hangs properly over both flanks of the horse.

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I've released both a male and a female version, and both are available in my shops in Caledonia.

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Monday 2 August 2010

New "Savoy" evening wear ensemble

In my relentless search for a crisp white shirt I have released an upgrade to the "Savoy" evening wear ensemble - jacket, shirt, bow tie and waistcoat.

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Those elements of this ensemble that are cut from white pique (shirt, bow tie and waistcoat) should now appear a more realistic white under a wider range of lighting conditions than hitherto seen. In particular, they will appear white in the Welcome Area, a place notorious for odd effects. It may now be easier to see that the shirt has a fly front placket.

Wednesday 12 May 2010

Regency tailcoats - and outfits

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Here's the Regency gentleman's tailcoat in midnight blue, and a soldier's version in red, too.

The gentleman's coat has a velvety finish, with a high black collar. The coat is double-breasted, with cloth-covered buttons. The tails of the coat are in a swallow-tail style and divided down the middle, the sleeves are puffed at the shoulder and rather tight at the wrist. Under the coat is a buff-coloured waistcoat, beneath that is a white shirt, and around the neck is a white neckcloth tied in the Irish style, perhaps. This ensemble combines very well with the Regency breeches in buckskin, and the brown Hessian boots. As soon as hats and gloves are feasible in Blue Mars, I shall be adding them to the range.

The second tailcoat to be released today is the same in cut, but there are a few key differences. The most obvious is colour, as this coat is in a suitably martial red. The buttons are brass, the coat cuffs are black to match the collar. The waistcoat is similar in colour to that of the gentleman's outfit, as is the shirt, but the neckcloth is black, as favoured by soldiers of the era. This coat combines well with the Military breeches with side stripe, and the black Hessian boots. This outfit would look well with a chapeau de bras - so there is something to look out for.

At the moment, the gentleman's outfit is on display. Due to current space limitations, I cannot also show the soldier's outfit, but I shall be swapping them around fairly regularly.

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