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[updated 21/05/12, please redownload] Coal Tar and Gold - a retro-style dress.

by ac220 Posted 21st Apr 2012 at 2:03 PM - Updated 21st May 2012 at 4:59 PM by ac220
7 Comments / replies (Who?) - 2 Feedback Posts, 5 Thanks Posts
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.
UPDATE: It appears I made a stupid mistake when assembling the mesh file. The now-uploaded version shouldn't replace Maxis sundress mesh. The new file is named Please make sure the old mesh and recolours are deleted.

My attempt to "modernize" a Victorian formal dress. Its shape is roughly early 1880s, but its colours are simpler and real Victorian dresses definitely never were this revealing. Colours are mauve and crimson, the first two synthetic dyes that became widely used, hence the name.

Enabled for YA/A formalwear.

Other CC used in screenshots:
Skin tone is a default replacement I had since forever and I'm not really sure who made it since I've lost the original archive, but I think it's a modified Louis skin by Jwilson5 at SXS.
The rock is a part of the waterfall shower set by Marvine:
Studio-style background by Meow9372:

Use policy:

Feel free to do whatever you want (recolour, convert, re-mesh, redistribute, etc.) as long as it's kept off paysites of any kind and proper credit is given.

Technical/recolour notes:

UVs are almost exactly the same as Celebration Stuff "ball wedding" dress, they're good enough for most part, but parts of the back of the skirt near the line that joins the front are more distorted than I'm comfortable with. Most recolours of that dress should work on this one too with minimal changes (mainly, removing the necklace.) Also, unlike the original, this dress is bump-mappable.

Polygon Counts:
1906 polygons

Additional Credits:
Texture made in Paint.Net, mesh in Milkshape, IrfanView was used for minor image edits.

Age: Young Adult Adult
Gender: Female
Clothing Type: Formal
Clothing Style: Alternative
Other Type: Not Applicable
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable
Outfit Type: Full Outfit

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

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | fixed mesh+recoliurs

Size: 757.3 KB · Downloads: 1,553 · 21st May 2012
757.3 KB 1,553 21st May 2012
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Constant Contestant
staff: moderator THANKS POST
#2 Old 21st Apr 2012 at 3:38 PM
Wow, love the red recolour, even though purple is my favourite colour!
Test Subject
#3 Old 21st Apr 2012 at 4:08 PM
Please tell me how to upload! I love this and I want to upload my own!
Constant Contestant
staff: moderator THANKS POST
#4 Old 21st Apr 2012 at 10:53 PM
QuackClaire: go check out the Creator Guidelines and upload section under the Create tab at the top of the screen.
#5 Old 22nd Apr 2012 at 10:32 AM
I Love It!
Test Subject
#6 Old 15th May 2012 at 4:36 PM
Default I have a problem.
Um, I seem to be having a serious problem with your dress, in that all of the dresses using a seemingly unrelated mesh (the short sundress) are now using yours. This is a little disturbing: I'm not sure if this is my problem or yours, Fleshblob dress = DO NOT WANT. I don't have Celebration Stuff, but that shouldn't matter, should it?
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#7 Old 20th May 2012 at 11:13 AM
Ok, I'll check what's going on.
Test Subject
#8 Old 21st May 2012 at 7:25 PM
I got the fixed file, and it works great now! Thanks; beautiful work!