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"The Berries" - Two New Dresses for Children

by Buckley Posted 4th Apr 2013 at 8:47 PM
70 Comments / replies (Who?) - 4 Feedback Posts, 20 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.
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There seems to be oodles of clothing for our adult Sims these days, but as a legacy player I spend almost as much time dressing my kids as I do my grownups. So, once I figured out how to mesh, I decided to create a couple of outfits for child aged Sims, and after many false starts today I finally bring to you "The Berries", two cute new dresses for girls.

There are two separate dresses in this set, "Mayberry" and "Juneberry", and they are both made from and inspired by one of the children's dresses that came with the Supernatural expansion pack (you know, the one with the high collar and long, puffy sleeves). I always thought that it had good bones, but I never liked it as one outfit. It was too formal, too stuffy, and too old-fashioned. So, I cut off the top of the dress and the second hem and created Juneberry, but still I wasn't quite satisfied yet. Then one day while I was looking through a children's clothing catalog, I stumbled across this adorable skirt and top combination, and that's how I got the inspiration for Mayberry. It's more of what I think the Supernatural dress ought to have looked like in the first place, trendy and fun.

Basic Information:
  • These dresses are for female children.
  • They appear in the everyday and formalwear categories. They are not enabled for random or outerwear.
  • Mayberry has TWO different channel choices, one with three recolorable channels and one with two. In CAS, the first two presets offer two blended channels for the top plus a third solid channel for the skirt, while the third and fourth presets offer two recolorable channels, one for the top and one for the skirt. (You can more clearly see what I'm describing in my "presets" and "channels" pictures below, although I didn't show the fourth preset in my pictures as it is merely a simple black and white combination.)
  • Juneberry has four recolorable channels, the top, the sash and bow, the skirt, and the hem.
  • Both outfits are frankenmeshed from the Supernatural dress and other bits and pieces of EA clothing. They both have working morphs and new LODs.
  • They have custom thumbnails for easy recognition.

Due to the way EA made their clothing animate (and the lack of gravity in the game and so on), these dresses do have some minor clipping issues in extreme positions. In particular, the skirt on my Juneberry dress will clip sometimes. However, after extensive play testing and fooling around with bone assignments and so on, I've come to accept that there is nothing I can do about it. Here is a picture of the dress as compared to EA's outfits, and as you can see their clothes clip just as much if not more so than my dress. I'm very, very sorry if this bothers you (as it does me), but it is completely normal.

CC Used:

Polygon Counts:
LOD1: 3164
LOD2: 918
LOD3: 534

LOD1: 3462
LOD2: 1072
LOD3: 524

Additional Credits:
CmarNYC for the meshing toolkit and extremely helpful advice, both here and at Simlogical, BloomsBase for help with bone assignments and tolerating my noobie questions about compression, Inge and Peter Jones for S3PE, and the creators of Milkshape, CTU, Balancer Lite, and all the many, many poses and tutorials I used. Thank you! =D
Tags: #Girls, #Girl, #Children, #Child, #Kid, #Kids, #Female, #Dress, #Dresses, #Skirt, #Bow, #Modern, #Trendy, #Cute

Age: Child
Gender: Female
Clothing Type: Everyday Formal
Clothing Style: Modern
Other Type: Not Applicable
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable
Outfit Type: Full Outfit

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Sims 3
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Juneberry Dress by Buckley.rar

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Mayberry Dress by Buckley.rar

Size: 1.00 MB · Downloads: 57,784 · 4th Apr 2013
1.00 MB 57,784 4th Apr 2013
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2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

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1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
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Test Subject
#26 Old 12th Apr 2013 at 3:06 PM
Those will come in handy c:
Thank you very much!
Test Subject
#27 Old 13th Apr 2013 at 5:34 PM
these are gorgeous! upload more <3
Lab Assistant
#28 Old 15th Apr 2013 at 12:42 PM
These are lovely ♥
And we have so few children outfits...

Thanks for sharing
Lab Assistant
#29 Old 29th Apr 2013 at 3:37 PM
These dresses are gorgeous, thanksfor sharing!
Forum Resident
#30 Old 8th May 2013 at 4:33 PM
These are really nice! At this point, I have a lot of clothes for children just through EA, but most of the dresses are terribly unflattering IMHO. The waistbands are almost always at the armpits. And sure, that's a perfectly valid style for a girl child, but it's only ONE kind of style. Sheesh.
Test Subject
#31 Old 11th May 2013 at 6:09 PM
Thanks. I needed some new clothes for my younger sims -0)
Lab Assistant
#32 Old 18th May 2013 at 5:01 PM
'Mayberry' and 'Juneberry.' How precious!
Test Subject
#33 Old 22nd May 2013 at 2:41 PM
Very cute outfit for girls! You did a great job! Thank you.
#34 Old 1st Jun 2013 at 8:14 PM
These are absolutely adorable and even elegant on the kids!

Test Subject
#35 Old 13th Jun 2013 at 6:50 AM
I always dress my kiddies in this now that I've finally started a legacy! Thanks so much!
Test Subject
#36 Old 4th Jul 2013 at 11:59 PM Last edited by ac125 : 5th Jul 2013 at 12:03 AM. Reason: forget to add
nice girl clothes
cute dresses for my female child im glad have more clothes for my children sims
#37 Old 5th Jul 2013 at 3:00 PM
omg, love it! Also good job on the mesh, it looks so well done
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Test Subject
#38 Old 21st Jul 2013 at 10:28 PM
so cute!
Test Subject
#39 Old 1st Aug 2013 at 4:40 PM
i love them!! great job!
Lab Assistant
#40 Old 13th Aug 2013 at 9:22 PM Last edited by nanatoana : 15th Aug 2013 at 5:07 PM. Reason: Need help finding cause of crash
Default These are beautiful! But......
I couldn't wait to try these for my Sims girl, they are so gorgeous! For some reason though, when I tried to put them on my Sims girl today, it locked up my game. I had to close it down through the system manager. Any ideas?

Edit: I don't think it's the dresses. I think there is something wrong with my CAS. When I start editing a sim (using the testingcheatsdisabled cheat), I get about halfway through changing the hair and clothes, and it locks up. Anyone have that happen to them and if so, what did you do to fix it?

God will never give you more than you can handle--my mother
Test Subject
#41 Old 27th Aug 2013 at 5:40 PM
Very pretty.
Test Subject
#42 Old 2nd Sep 2013 at 9:14 PM
I wish the sleeveless one was for adults too, it's just perfect for the look I'm going for...
Test Subject
#43 Old 8th Sep 2013 at 7:02 PM
These are so adorable! im glad you made these because there arent many cute clothes for girls like this!♥
Lab Assistant
#44 Old 9th Sep 2013 at 12:04 AM
I hope you have decided to do the July and August berry dresses!
Lab Assistant
#45 Old 13th Sep 2013 at 6:04 AM
These dresses are great but I especially love the Mayberry dress! You did a phenomenal job on both. :)
Lab Assistant
#46 Old 28th Oct 2013 at 4:25 AM
Both of the styles are very pretty and feminine. I really like how you did a sleeveless and a longer sleeve style! Thanks for sharing your hard work with us!
Test Subject
#47 Old 8th Dec 2013 at 1:14 AM
So adorable!
Test Subject
#48 Old 13th Dec 2013 at 7:50 AM
These are very cute. I've been looking for dresses or skirts for a child that are not so short. The ones in the game are either too short or too long. THANKS!
#49 Old 18th Jan 2014 at 6:11 AM
Thank you! The dresses are too cute!
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