So, for the small number of you that read my blog or know stuff about me, it’s no surprise that I love to do all kinds of different things, especially creative things. Like arts and crafts. I have a whole cross-stitch design still waiting to be started from last year… and a bag full of yarn, when it strikes me to want to knit or crochet.
I love to make clothes, though, in real life. Costumes, really, but simple dresses and tops and skirts too. Haven’t used my sewing machine in about a year though, due to our studio space being quite the mess right now. Soon, however, a big ugly crate taking up most of the room here will be gone, and the studio will be free. In the meantime, I thought I’d try my hand at some virtual clothes for Second Life.
By “clothes”, I mean a t-shirt, and WHY was it so hard to make?! Maybe my method of approach was wrong, and there was a lot of trial and error. Luckily, I knew how to use Photoshop somewhat decently (for someone who doesn’t actively draw anymore or use the program professionally). Matching seams, and using the Clothing Previewer (which would tell me that going over the lines made big ugly spots where I didn’t want them to be on the model) was a little difficult to juggle, at first.
After uploading my preliminary t-shirt into Second Life itself, I found out the clothing previewer works differently than the actual Second Life viewer. Apparently, you can change things like the collar height and sleeve length WITHIN Second Life . . . after I had wasted quite a bit of time trying to get the lines to stay perfectly within the template I was using. *sigh* The only problem was that it didn’t let me see how much it shortened or lengthened in real time. I kept having to save the shirt to see the results. Even then, the edges looked funny and pixelated. Did I do something wrong?
Well, I’m still trying to figure out some things, but I got the hang of it a little more, and I managed to cover up the ugly edges of the sleeves with attachments I named “sleeve rolls”.
Maybe all the ugly edges are typically covered up by attachments, like sculpty sleeves and collars or other things. Is there truth to that? Or is there a method of making the edges of the painted shirt look crisp? Anyone? Bueller?