Just a quick thought (which, being me, started about a month ago, but thats life!) on fit mesh clothing. With the advent of fit mesh bodies, the two immediate clothing related issues were:
- How do I wear clothes on this thing?!
- OMG do I really have to press all those alpha things???
I’m sure lots of others have addressed both of these questions, and indeed I made some comments regarding alphas in a previous post. I wanted today to mention two great ‘developments’ that really go a huge way to responding to both of these questions in a fantastic way.
Firstly, I am going to just show a few fitted mesh garments that have been made specifically to fit the mesh bodies, so I did a little fashion parade in our lounge room for Fiona, and we made some pics 🙂
After thatI am going to mention the great news about alphas, although mostly I am keeping that for a second post later this week. So, here we go – fitted mesh clothing – what is that?
Well, fitted mesh has been around for a while. Without getting geeky, it is basically mesh clothing that conforms to your shape, by being ‘aware’ of your slider settings. Wider hips? no worries, your wiggle is intact! Larger boobs? Your bounce is secure! And lets acknowledge that boob bounce – the one huge thing mesh body wearers are aware of is the sneak preview of boobs on every step until you either alpha out or remove your physics.
For mesh bodies, which are themselves fitted mesh attachments to your avatar, standard fit mesh clothing is not always perfect. Why is that? Well, each mesh body creator gives us a slightly different body shape – some emphasise curves more, some less, and that means that in addition to your slider settings there is another little magic number, the ‘weighting’ or small adjustment, that the designers of the bodies make to each bone in your glorious body.
To accommodate that, the body designers let the clothing designers know what those magic numbers are, so the clothing maker can adjust the clothing shape to better fit that body. After that, the clothes will then respond to your body slider settings +/- the offset for your specific body.
In the package, you will usually get the fitted mesh for a classic avie, one for Slink Physique, one for Maitreya Lara, another for Bellleza Venus, and so on. You might also get the standard sizes, and I see some outfits coming with multiple (curvy and standard, for example) sizes for each body type.
One thing I have noticed is that, even where a garment specifically for the body I wear is available, it is not necessarily the best fitting item in the package. Your own shape might be better accommodated in one of the other fitted sizes. I am wearing Slink-fitting skirts made by DE on my Lara body for example, because they fit without any alpha play, so I prefer that.
So – the fashion show – and as I show you these I will mention a couple of extra points, and please read (or skip to, but you wouldn’t! ) the note on alpha setting after the show!
This first item is one of my favourites by Blueberry – a pair if denim shorts that I wear without any alphas turned on. Blueberry have a good range of fitted clothing now and support Slink, Belleza and Maitreya bodies as well as classic avatars. Be careful to check that your body is supported on a particular garment – and try those demos!
This second pic is showing the Tori pants from DE (Doc Eldritch). DE also have a good and increasing range of fitted mesh items for mesh and classic avatars, and also a nice range of applier undies and bras which are worth checking out. The Tori pants come in a range of colours and support the common mesh bodies. The pair I am wearing are in a rusty red linen texture and look great with almost anything.
The Beach! Well – its always Summer somewhere in the world, so even though the rain is pelting against my rl window right now as I head into Winter, I still need a bikini in SL!
Just Because is a fantastic clothing designer that is embracing fitted mesh and mesh avies with a new range of clothing. They have been remodelling their store and have been marking down old stock to clear it out to make way for the new, much of which is fitted mesh.
This swimwear range I first picked up a while back in (I think) my Venus body, so I was really pleased when they became available for Maitreya Lara as well. They are a mix and match system so you can buy tops and bottoms in different styles and patterns. Frankly though, this is fatpack material, so be warned, your lindens will leak out in this store!
Oh – and that raises an issue! Often a designer will update an item to include support for a new or different mesh body, or just to fix an issue. Don’t forget to check back, or to stay tuned to some of the “Friends of” groups (Such as “Friends of Maitreya Lara”) which are always good for a laugh and are the best gossip source, but also share loads of useful information, especially if you just bought that mesh body! Usually the designer will make the changes available to existing purchasers with a redelivery.
The next two pictures are showing Maitreya clothes. They are gorgeous, and also included in the pack are fits for other mesh bodies and classic avies, so don’t avoid the store if you happen to have another brand of body than Maitreya Lara.
In this first one I wanted to make a special note of the mesh underwear. These are the set (bra and pants) that come with the Lara body, so you cant wear those with other bodies (other bodies also come with their own meshy undergarments). I have to say – I am waiting for other designers to step in and start giving us more of these fitted mesh underwear items, and if you look closely at these particular ones the attention to detail is stunning! But the big thing is, (at least this is my experience) these fit *under* quite a bit of the fitted mesh clothing. In this pic I am wearing the pants as well, and I did do a bunch of weird poses to show that the pants didn’t break through the skirt, but frankly I looked silly so you don’t get to see those!
Once more, I manage to wear these clothes with no alphas turned on, and for me thats a huge bonus. I am not a fan of walking around with nothing but air under my skirt because I had to alpha my body away – so the ability to wear well fitting clothing without alphas is high on my priority list.
Finally, this picture is showing a pair of Maitreya skinny jeans and a DE crop sweater – one of my go to outfits for playing in the studio or out visiting. The sweater needed a few alpha tweaks, and the skinny jeans needed a lot – typically I find with jeans you want to alpha just about everything between the waist band and the cuffs, however at those points the pants should fit well and allow you to show a bit of leg or waist without having the alpha show through. However that really is fine with jeans and pants and even sweaters, since you never see into them anyway.
So the HUGE news in the last few days has been the release of AutoHide technology by Maitreya to support their Lara body. What is AutoHide I hear you ask – and no, its not a neat system of concealing your shopping bags from your partner (although, please, someone needs to invent that!). AutoHide is Maitreya’s name for their system of automatically applying the alpha to the body when you wear a garment.
Yes, let me repeat that: You wear your jeans, and the jeans will tell your body to turn on those alpha segments automatically – you don’t need to do a thing!
I feel this is a huge breakthrough in the mesh body story – it is an idea I have personally pushed for quite a bit and I am super happy that Maitreya have got this out. We all have our preferences, however mine have been for Lara for some time – it ticked a lot of my boxes. However with this automatic setting of alpha for clothes, the Lara has pulled even further ahead of the pack in my opinion.
The AutoHide kit and the applier developer kit are both available free from Maitreya. Actually – if you go to the Maitreya monolith (that big vendor you buy the body from), the two kits are available by clicking vendors right up near the top of the monolith.
Briefly, the system works in a very similar way to the Maitreya applier developer kit. There is a script that reads a notecard you drop into the same object with the script. The notecard contains your alpha settings, and the script converts that to a message that gets sent to the HUD/body to set alpha settings.
The script can be added to clothing that you have modify permissions for, and for other clothing you can add a prim that you wear at the same time as the clothing item. I have tried both approaches and they work wonderfully, and its very easy to do. My preference with the prim – based alpha was to attach that to my screen (like a hud) so I was aware of it, and my next step will be to put a little auto detacher script in there as well, since, once you have the alpha settings sent to the body, you really get no benefit from keeping the extra prim and script loaded.
There is a small learning curve on making the configuration notecard, however to help you with that, the kit contains an applier that ‘dresses’ your body in a grid displaying the names and numbers they have used to identify each alpha slice, and that really does make life easy.
I foresee a lively market in exchanging these configuration notecards – we do not all have to do these, and I am sure we will be seeing lots of spreading of info on these until all the clothing has been updated. Maitreya have already updated some of their clothes to natively perform the auto hide function and I assume that will continue across the range and also be supported by other designers.
I will blog a “How To” for making the auto hide configurations and using them shortly, however one final thought before I go.
Maitreya have magnificently given us a way to load the alphas, and are to be applauded and congratulated – I am sure this sets the bar for other bodies now, as this was one of the huge areas for all bodies.
However, the notecard process is a bit clunky and manual, and can be improved on. I am hoping that Maitreya are working on a new HUD button that will send the HUD alpha settings out to chat so we can copy and paste that into a configuration notecard rather than have to work it out by hand. If they do that, this will be a complete and very functional alpha setting system indeed.
Yours in Meshy Bliss