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Sunday 17 October 2010

A profusion of pants

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Following the recent announcement of the casual trousers in charcoal, I announce four more colours in the same style: maroon, deep green, brown, and navy blue. With these colours, combined with shirts here and here we have all we need to look like 999 (and that is not a typographically incorrect allusion to Get Smart, but a musical reference connected to the following decade).

I've made room for all of these trousers, plus the original charcoal and all the shirts, in my shop in Caledonia.

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Casual trousers in charcoal

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These trousers are close-fitted, flat-fronted, with side pockets. The pockets and flies are properly recessed and shaded. I am also pretty happy with the way the legs appear to crumple above the shoes. You'll have to log in and head for Beach City to see that, though.

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 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 10 August 2010

"Savoy" evening wear trousers

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Here is a belated announcement of the second item I uploaded to Blue Mars - evening wear trousers for the "Savoy" outfit.

The trousers are made in two materials - barathea for most parts, and grosgrain for the side stripe. I created both material textures from scratch. The buttons are all individually modelled and textured. The button texture was also created from scratch. Even the backs of the buttons are properly textured. There are altogether seven buttons on the waistband; six for braces and one for the fly. Note also that the fly and side pockets are properly modelled, with recesses.

This level of detail may be too extreme even for Blue Mars, but I hope you will agree that there is a certain aesthetic satisfaction in exploring the realm of the possible.

Saturday 24 July 2010

Morning Trousers have all been upgraded

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I have finally overcome colour discrepancies caused by an image compression bug, and have been able to create these three styles of morning trousers in something resembling their true intended colours. The three pinstripe patterns are taken from actual morning trousers and have been created from scratch.

If you already have a pair of these trousers, please just contact me to arrange your upgrade.

Tuesday 4 May 2010

Military breeches

When I branch out into uniforms, I will certainly be incorporating military-style breeches. Indeed, here is the first example, which can serve in both military and civilian ensembles.

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Originally, these were soldier's breeches for wear with boots. These are drop-front breeches, with buttons at the knee, fly, drop-front, and waistband (for braces). The are coloured black, with a bluish tint, have a red side stripe, and are laced at the back. Note that the red side stripe became popular with civilians, just as did the boots.

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Friday 30 April 2010

Regency breeches

Up until about 200 years ago, men wore breeches instead of trousers. They were worn with stockings, and were ideal in combination with high boots. Today their use is limited to highly formal events and riding.

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Here is the first pair of breeches I have made for Blue Mars. They have a buckskin texture, a buttoned drop-front, tortoiseshell buttons at the knees, the fly, and on the waistband for use with braces. There are no seams on the inside leg, as a means of avoiding chafing while riding. These make an ideal combination with my Hessian boots.