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Alpha-Editable Dress Top - UPDATED Sept. 24, 2006

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 3rd Sep 2006 at 8:59 AM - Updated 23rd Jul 2009 at 12:09 AM by HystericalParoxysm
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Updated Sept. 24, 2006! Please redownload mesh!: At Renatus Valentinus's suggestion, I have changed the fat morph on the mesh to make it work with a much wider range of outfits. Please redownload the mesh file - the mesh filename is the same so if you copy it to the same place you can just overwrite the previous file. Please make sure you overwrite or remove the original mesh file.

After trying several alternate methods, it appears I've come up with a solution to the crashing dress tops dillemma - and in doing so, made alpha-editable ones! Huzzah!

This mesh is shaped the same as the OfB dress top outfit with the baggy pants (as I always liked it) and as you can see in the Burgundy Foliate recolour, you can make it look pretty much exactly like the OfB top. It can be worn with any bottoms, but works best with ones with a very close-fitting waistline. Other meshes will clip slightly through the waist, especially when sitting or twisting. This is unavoidable due to the geometry of the mesh - if I corrected for it any more it wouldn't retain the same shape as the original OfB top, which is what I wanted. Just wear a close-fitting garment for bottoms.

As a side-effect of how the mesh was created to make it a dress top, the bottom is fully alpha-editable. As it is shaped like the OfB dress top, it does have a lower limit and a bit of a ruffle at the very bottom (as well as an optional "modesty cap" covering the bottom hole, since that was a feature of the original), but as you can see from my recolours, you can get pretty versatile with it.

To recolour, simply use the same alpha and texture for all three sets of textures/alphas. Unfortunately it will duplicate all the textures despite them being the same: you can fix this by deleting the alpha5 and alpha7 images from the recolour file, then copying the value under "stdMatBaseTextureName" from the material definition for the top into the same spot in the alpha5 and alpha7 material definitions. Not absolutely necessary, but makes for much smaller recolour files.

I have tested a couple of the things that were a problem with the other dress tops, namely buying a community lot and getting a job, and there are no crashes or other issues with that. However, as I do not play much, other problems may arise (though I don't expect so as these are essentially a straight clone from Maxis original), therefore I am considering these in testing for the moment. I did get some weird blurring of thumbnails and textures happening while I was testing, but further testing did not repeat it (and it has been alpha tested by someone other than me), so I believe it was due to something else... If you do somehow get the blurring too, I did fix it in my game and can tell you how to do so. Please let me know if you get any issues!

The poly count is a bit on the high side for just a top, 1776 polys, 1205 vertices. This is due to the double-sidedness for the alpha-editability, but it's not -incredibly- high.

It does include a fat morph, but not pregnant (as maternity wear is full-body).

I have put up each of the recolours separately, or in a 4-pack if you want all of them: whichever way you get them, make sure you download the mesh, which I've uploaded separately (filename starts with CMESH)!!

Thanks to:
  • Tiggerypum, for being a great source of info and ideas into how to fix the dress top dillema.
  • Wes_h, for the Unimesh plugins for Milkshape, used in the creation of this mesh.
  • Dr Pixel, for all kinds of various bits of useful meshing info that have helped me along the way.
  • Everyone who has contributed to the creation and development of SimPE.
  • The Inspiration Gallery, for the texture used on the burgundy foliate recolour.
  • Flyingpigeon, for the original dress top idea, and for making me a nice feather pillow with his last molting.
  • MTS2, the rest of the staff, and Delphy, for creating a such a fantastic place to learn and share information, so I could figure out how to do cool stuff like this.
Tags: #dress, #top, #alpha

Clothing Type:
Clothing Style:
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You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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#2 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:01 AM
good work! The possibilities seem endless now... ^.^ thanks for sharing this!

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#3 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:03 AM
YAY awesome, I'm so glad this was figured out :D

Now I need a new purple one for my HP pixie doll *nod nod*
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#4 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:05 AM
You are awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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#5 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:25 AM
Dude everything you make is freaking awesome, Thanks a lot for sharing your great works
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#6 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:29 AM
Impressive. I'm so downloading this.
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#7 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:29 AM
Oh wow!! That is such a great idea. Thank you so much, you're the best!! ^_^
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#8 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:32 AM
Really cool, HP, i like all the textures and especially the mesh, Thank you for Amazing Work !!

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#9 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:33 AM
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#10 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:35 AM
omg, HP! You -totally- rule! They're gorgeous and I'm so happy you fixed the dress top situation.

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#11 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:38 AM
This is awesome. I liked the dress-top-thing OFB outfit, but the lack of decent recolours (and the pants that go with it) were disappointing. Thank you for remedying this!
#12 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:51 AM
Im so going to download this next time im on my computer ^-^
Does it get fat though?

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#13 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:53 AM Last edited by HystericalParoxysm : 3rd Sep 2006 at 10:01 AM.
D'oh, sorry about that, in my rush to share I forgot to mention - yes, callum91, it does include the fat morph. Being just a top, and maternity wear being full-body only, it doesn't include a pregnant morph, but yes, it does morph for fat.

Edit: In answer to Strangel below (since I don't tend to like posting repeatedly to my own threads, hehe), no, you don't need OfB - I used the shape of the OfB dress top, but this is cloned from a Nightlife mesh, then adjusted so you shouldn't need any EPs for it at all. I don't think I've had a base game test on it yet, but the method I used should have made it base game compatible. Please let me know if you have any trouble with it in your configuration.

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#14 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:54 AM
I'm with callum.. does it get fat? lol
Also, will I need OFB to use it? I have it but since the wife's computer has been pouting and mine isn't as strong, we haven't been able to load it onto mine yet.

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#15 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:57 AM
Originally Posted by HystericalParoxysm
D'oh, sorry about that, in my rush to share I forgot to mention - yes, callum91, it does include the fat morph.

COOL! Thank you SO much! Im the same too
And congrats on getting featured! ^-^

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#16 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 10:03 AM
HP you did it!
And it looks great, such wonderful recolors to show it off.

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#17 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 10:12 AM
A clever solution to an unfortunate problem. I'm looking forward to testing this out, and I hope it works without any problems because I loved the idea of dresstops.
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#18 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 10:16 AM
yay! those are my favourite types of top! they are great for covering your simmies jeans if the only thing thats annoying you about them is the fact that the waist is too low or too high! just what i wanted! i love the blue one btw :D

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#19 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 10:46 AM
Originally Posted by Renatus Valentinus
A clever solution to an unfortunate problem. I'm looking forward to testing this out, and I hope it works without any problems because I loved the idea of dresstops.

You can get jobs and buy lots all day long with this top :D
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#20 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 10:47 AM
Purtyfulness. I'm gonna have so much fun with this one!
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#21 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 10:48 AM
Thankyousomuch, this is exactly what i was looking for, they are all amazing.
#22 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 11:39 AM
OMG!!!!This is soooo amazing!Thank you so much!!!

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#23 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 12:06 PM
That's wonderful. Thank you.

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#24 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 12:18 PM
it is awesome, thank you for making this possible. *****

Is there really a problem of getting a job or buying a lot with the alpha top before? that sounds hillarious...

I have a question, since bottom texture usually have more priority than the top, so what would happen if people use this top and then they combined with a bottom that have some part overlapping the top texture. (I mean the texture not the geometry)

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