Post update: Here is a link to the finished Dashing Pirate
outfit on the Marketplace (in 5 colors!)
And there's a ladies version called Bonny Pirate
, so you can outfit your whole crew!
Working on a new outfit this week that combines the best aspects of different tech to create what I have in my brain. The outfit is a musketeer's-era long pirate vest worn over a loose baggy poet-style white shirt. The challenge with this type of outfit in the past has been my inability to create a wide, gathered sleeve shirt. System layers don't give the volume I need, and attachments have always been awkward to wear. A wide sleeve is easy to sculpt, but the elbow always causes weirdness when the arm is bent or rotated.
My solution is to do the shirt with a rigged mesh sleeve. The body of the shirt is contained on the system layer, because I want it to fit closely to the body under the vest. The shirt has a natural, loose drop at the shoulder where the gathers of the sleeve begin, with fullness and athered fabric flowing from there, over the elbow, and pooling around the gathered wrist, widening back out, hanging loosely around the hand.
The BlakOpal Dashing Pirate outfit in production.
The sleeves work great as rigged mesh, since they bend and rotate naturally with the movements your arm. They fit automatically when you put it on, and are rigged to be adjustable with your body sliders.
The shirt collar I decided to do as a mesh attachment. The rigged mesh has limitations where the torso is concerned, and I don't want to force people to adjust their shape to wear my clothes. Attached mesh can be scaled and moved to fit your body just like any other attachment ('though my hope is that it just fits. ;) )
For the long vest I decided to stay old-school. I still like the way flex-prims move when you walk. Fabric should be affected by your movement. The vest tails aren't made of plastic, and even though rigged tails would move with your legs, they wouldn't flow behind you as you strolled. So the long vest is done with flexi tails.
There is still more to be done on this outfit. I am currently working on a mesh belt to give it a more finished, 'dashing' look. I may also do a musketeer-styled hat ... tho I do think it looks great with the outback styled BlakOpal Rambler Hat
Anyhoo ... that's my thoughts for the day.
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