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Curiouser and Curiouser: Odd Socks for Odd Sims (Defaults) (Updated - Non-Default/No Random versions + Long socks for men)

by Nysha Posted 23rd May 2010 at 3:39 AM - Updated 11th Jun 2010 at 2:56 PM by whiterider
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This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.
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Are your sims feeling uninspired? Worryingly normal? Boring?
Are their wardrobes a little... passé?
Do they just keep losing socks in the wash?

You need an injection of variety, and what could be better for that than artistically arranged underwear? That's right – odd socks! Most of my friends and I are apparently incapable of finding two socks the same in the morning, and we wouldn't if we could, pfff. So why should our simmies be any different?

This is a simple mod, really – a default replacement of the RGB masks for all EA socks, to enable left and right socks as separate recolourable channels. Socks with cuffs, like the ladies' knee high socks, now have four channels (left sock, left cuff, right sock, right cuff), and normal socks have two. I've also done a replacement for those silly toddler shoes – EA may think they're shoes, but they're clearly socks, and are therefore included.

These are default replacements, so in the unlikely event that you have another default replacement sock file, there will be cake. I mean problems. Such problems should be fixed by deleting one of the conflicting replacements.

Replacements are included for the following items:
  • “Sleeper” pseudo-shoes for toddlers, boys and girls.
  • Ankle-length socks for children, boys and girls.
  • Knee-length socks for girls.
  • Ankle-length socks for teen to elder, ladies and gents.
  • Knee-length socks for teen to elder, ladies.
  • Thigh-length socks for teen to elder, ladies.

I haven't done replacements for the cutoff tights, or the full-length leggingy type things, because let's face it; if you've managed to put on tights with two different coloured legs in the morning, you shouldn't be spending your time downloading sim content.

As these are default replacements, I haven't deleted any of the default (matching) EA designs. I have added two mismatched designs for each sock – you'll have to scroll horizontally in CAS to see them – so that a small number of sims will be randomly assigned odd socks. You can see those extra designs in the attached pic.

It was my intention not to use custom thumbnails for these, since they're defaults. However, when I tried to let the game generate normal thumbnails, it was having none of it – it stuck the wrong thumbnails on the wrong designs, with no apparent reason nor rhyme. Thus, custom thumbnails are included! Mine are better than EA's anyway – you can actually see the whole thing, rather than just having to guess how long a pair of socks really is.
I was a little leery regarding whether or not my custom thumbnails would behave properly, given that these are defaults, but they do seem to. If you run into any trouble, just go to My Documents -> Electronic Arts -> The Sims 3 -> Thumbnails, and delete the file CASThumbnails.package.

Now go forth, ye washing machine gremlins, and multiply! Bwahahahahahaha!

11/06 - Added knee high and thigh high odd socks for men, by request. Knee highs use Aikea Guinea's textures, with just a mask edit by me - thankyou Aikea! The rar file contains both random-enabled and no random versions; there's also a new pic showing channels and default designs of both.

30/05 - Added non-default, non-random versions of all socks. These won't get randomly assigned to townies, and since they're non-default they can be included with sims. Male versions of the long socks are in the works, but will take a while, as they require texture work which I won 't be able to do this week.

Policy: Retexture, remesh, rehash, reconstitute, convert, include, whatever... just keep it on free sites, and give me credit, with a link to this page or to my profile. It's only a bunch of RGB masks, anyway.

If you'd like to make default replacements of your own, I've written a mini-tutorial on the subject, which can be found here.

Additional Credits:
Thankyou to Delphy and jonha, for CTU; Inge and Peter Jones, for S3PE; daluved1, for giving me the idea; and Derren Brown, for being the sexiest thing in a beard to watch while collaging pics since someone gave Rasputin a perception filter.

My lady models are wearing LadyFrontbum's Busty St. Claire skin, all my other models are wearing HP's TS3 skin replacements. The girl's dress is by oepu, and the hairstyles in the design collage are both by XM Sims.

Accessory Type: Misc
Age: Toddler Child Teen Young Adult Adult Elder
Maxis Flags: Default
Gender: Male Female

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 3
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Odd Socks Extra - Adult Long Socks.rar | New odd socks for men - knee high and thigh high, random and no random versions

Size: 1.41 MB · Downloads: 13,153 · 11th Jun 2010
1.41 MB 13,153 11th Jun 2010
Odd Socks - Children - No Random.rar | Odd socks for kids - no random townie assignment, non-default

Size: 2.06 MB · Downloads: 8,515 · 30th May 2010
2.06 MB 8,515 30th May 2010
Odd Socks - Adults - No Random.rar | Odd socks for adults - no random townie assignment, non-default

Size: 1.40 MB · Downloads: 10,787 · 30th May 2010
1.40 MB 10,787 30th May 2010
Odd Socks Defaults - Children.rar | Odd socks for kids, boys and girls

Size: 2.07 MB · Downloads: 10,168 · 23rd May 2010
2.07 MB 10,168 23rd May 2010
Odd Socks Defaults - Adult.rar | Odd socks for adults, male and female

Size: 1.46 MB · Downloads: 14,425 · 23rd May 2010
1.46 MB 14,425 23rd May 2010
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 23rd May 2010 at 6:14 AM
Hehe these are pretty funny (in a very nice way) and add a lot of variety to the game ty a lot for to share ! Fun!
Wiki Wizard
#3 Old 23rd May 2010 at 9:03 AM
aha i love these! I can never find two of the same socks!

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Mad Poster
#4 Old 23rd May 2010 at 10:54 AM
These will be fantastic for my Inappropriate geek sims, of whom I have many, thanks!
Field Researcher
#5 Old 23rd May 2010 at 11:16 AM
This is a great idea! Thank you for this fun and useable mod :D

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Test Subject
#6 Old 23rd May 2010 at 3:04 PM
These are brilliant! But is there any chance we could see them in non-default replacements? I would only want these for my most fun sims...
Forum Resident
#7 Old 23rd May 2010 at 3:43 PM
Thanks. I had non-default odd socks before, and their were way too many socks in CAS. X:

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#8 Old 23rd May 2010 at 3:44 PM
lowprofile - You can always just use the same patterns on both socks. Just drag the swatch from one to the other.

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Field Researcher
#9 Old 23rd May 2010 at 4:20 PM
perfect for ferret owners!!

now all we need is this, for all the shoes and boots categories
Test Subject
#10 Old 23rd May 2010 at 4:22 PM
so amazing, thank you !

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Lab Assistant
#11 Old 23rd May 2010 at 4:31 PM
Originally Posted by HystericalParoxysm
lowprofile - You can always just use the same patterns on both socks. Just drag the swatch from one to the other.

That won't help the townies this mod affects. Interesting idea, but I think I'll skip this one.
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Original Poster
#12 Old 23rd May 2010 at 7:53 PM
Well, the townies would be affected whether these were default replacements or not. If you don't want any odd-socked townies, I could upload versions without the extra designs - townies only wear preset designs, so if all the preset designs matched then you'd only get odd socks by CASting them.

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#13 Old 23rd May 2010 at 7:54 PM
These are adorable, Whitey

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#14 Old 23rd May 2010 at 10:17 PM
Nice to have different socks,.. have some nice ideas for my sims :D
Test Subject
#15 Old 24th May 2010 at 2:02 AM

my sims always wear socks, now I can create emo/punk rock/gothic outfits with different socks/stockings match-ups, thanks a ton!.

Also, is there a chance for you to make mods that allow males to have longer socks? the ankle socks is getting boring for the men.
Eminence Grise
#16 Old 24th May 2010 at 2:19 AM
Hah! This is perfect -- and just in time for laundry, too Since we all know the major cause of mismatched socks is dryers.
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#17 Old 24th May 2010 at 5:25 AM
What fun! Could one do transparent patterns and get sims only wearing one sock? Those odd sock sims are way too put together and organized! Truly wacked sims only manage to put on one sock, if they can find it!

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Test Subject
#18 Old 24th May 2010 at 10:35 PM
I love this but i don't like it to be a default replacement. Could you by any chance make it non-default so we can choose if we want everyone to have odd socks or not? Honestly i would love some of my sims to wear odd socks, but not my entire neighbourhoods :/

Thanks anyway.
Field Researcher
#19 Old 24th May 2010 at 11:33 PM
just a thought, any plans for doing this for gloves too?
Née whiterider
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Original Poster
#20 Old 25th May 2010 at 2:41 AM
Dark Magician, aikea guinea has male long socks at Club Crymsin, though I dunno if they're odd (except to the extent that most Club Crymsin stuff is odd). If there's enough demand I might do male versions of the odd socks.

Sri - not actually two different socks, just what *used* to be a matching pair?

Cat, theoretically yes... but first, someone'll have to mod a transparent pattern. Hop to it :p

Again - only a tiny number of townies will get odd socks. Most will still get matching socks (or no socks at all). A version with no extra designs is in the works, I just have to get my computer below human body temperature before I can do 'em...
I could do this for gloves, sure. I'll add it to my list.

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Test Subject
#21 Old 25th May 2010 at 2:53 AM
AHHHH! I'm so excited! Now I can create an accurate version of Matthew Gray Gubler! Thank you so much!
Forum Resident
#22 Old 25th May 2010 at 10:10 PM
I love these and as I have 7 kids I am very familiar with odd socks---and smelly socks----
Test Subject
#23 Old 29th May 2010 at 1:08 AM
Cool, thanks. Everyone knows that mismatched socks often make a girl even hotter. :P
Née whiterider
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#24 Old 30th May 2010 at 1:57 PM
Ok, non-default, no-random versions are up. Male versions of the long socks are coming soon(tm). You can use both the default and non-default versions if you like, though I've no idea why you'd want to.

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Field Researcher
#25 Old 20th Jun 2010 at 11:31 PM
I only have one pair of socks - actually, I have about 8 sets of one pair of rainbow socks - but ALL of my close friends routinely wear mismatched socks. And shoes, also, actually (same type of shoes, just different colors. Someone needs to make those for TS3.). So these are appreciated.
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