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

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 3rd Sep 2006 at 9:59 AM - Updated 23rd Jul 2009 at 1:09 AM by HystericalParoxysm
137 Comments / replies (Who?) - 7 Feedback Posts, 4 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.
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

Age: Adult
Gender: Female
Clothing Type: Everyday
Clothing Style: No Style Modern
Other Type: Not Applicable
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable
Outfit Type: Top

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
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Size: 90.5 KB · Downloads: 123,016 · 25th Sep 2006
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Size: 934.2 KB · Downloads: 69,837 · 3rd Sep 2006
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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\
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Test Subject
#126 Old 15th Aug 2008 at 9:58 PM
I love these tops... thank you!!!
Test Subject
#127 Old 10th Sep 2008 at 2:11 AM
These are great and I have used them in game until something borked my clothing file and had to start all over again. That is why I am downloading this item again.
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Test Subject
#128 Old 10th Dec 2008 at 4:03 AM
For your goth lolita plaid and lace model, I was wondering where you got the hair, makeup, and skin from.

Excellent job!!
Test Subject
#129 Old 27th Jun 2009 at 11:57 AM
Are you too gonna make these for teen? cause that will be exacly where im looking for because i will need to use that for my upcoming story
for the rest i just wanna say that this is genius

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Lab Assistant
#130 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 4:34 PM
Very good! 8'3 Thank you so much!

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Forum Resident
#131 Old 12th May 2010 at 8:36 PM
This is a very usefull design as it can be combined with many bottoms. Great work of yours HP.& thank you very much for sharing.
Test Subject
#132 Old 5th Aug 2010 at 2:06 AM
So i was wondering where'd you get the model in the second pictures' clothes? oh but great download.
Lab Assistant
#133 Old 19th Apr 2011 at 1:40 AM
Very cool tops!!!
Test Subject
#134 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 12:48 AM
You have a lot of great stuff. Keep it coming I keep watching for new creations!
Test Subject
#135 Old 31st Aug 2011 at 7:39 PM
thanks I love it!
#136 Old 26th Apr 2014 at 8:23 PM
very nice~
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