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The thing about the Middle Ages as a period is that a lot of the things Hollywood and RenFaire makes us associate with period costume don't apply. Visible drawstring gathers and ruffles were just... not a thing prior to the Renaissance-- or at least they were not a thing you were meant to see. Drawstrings hold your braises up, gathers and ruffles are a waste of good fabric if you're not just making yourself a frilled veil.

Once I got picky enough to get frustrated by things like painted-on gathers and criss-cross lacing and nightgowns on meshes that poke through bedding, I decided it was time to update my clothing catalog. I viciously culled everything with a corset, and stared longingly at ZoeJ's nightgowns-- I liked the texture (not 100% accurate but it looked so soft and warm), but the Parsimonious AF Rengown clips bedding like crazy if you use it as a nightgown.

I got all excited when I saw this Liana mesh edit by Needlecream, but it lacked any morphs whatsoever. The inimitable Cynnix came to my rescue, and the result is before you, warm and cozy and close-fitting and ready for bed.

"Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine." --Thomas Aquinas

So... Yup. Chemises!

The chemise (or shift, but I tend to default to French fashion terms unless they are hard to spell or involve more accents than I want to type out) is a very important garment, really. It's where women's underwear starts, historically-- even if she were busty enough to need breast-bindings for support, those went on over the chemise. The chemise protects the kirtle (a gown or under-gown, depending on your layering preferences), from the woman's skin... and sometimes the woman's skin from her kirtle, too. If a lord's cook was going to be sweating over the fire, better she sweat right up against her linen chemise than her nice wool kirtle; if that same lord's wife was going to be wearing a kirtle deeply dyed red with madder, better the new dye bleed onto her chemise, of which she'd own several, than directly her skin.

Most Medieval chemises had deep keyhole necklines, for ease of both dressing and nursing; I made mine as deep as I could without it looking improbable on the mesh. The original ZoeJ nightgown had criss-cross lacing, which I carefully erased because it looks smokin' hot on a man's pirate shirt, but it's kind of impractical if you're trying to open it up to feed the baby at three in the morning.

You get twelve colors; the only one not arranged by saturation is ZoeJ's original grayish color. The chemise, like bedsheets and shirts and braises and headcloths and nappies and veils and really a lot of things, would generally have been made of undyed linen. Linen has some interesting properties when exposed to UV radiation; wet linen left in the sun will bleach to white, while dry linen will start to yellow. Wealthier folks had whiter linens, because they could afford to pay servants to take their clothes off the line the minute they were dry, while your average goodwife got the laundry down when she had a minute.

These are the lightest colors; Time Bomb would be the most expensive to achieve. The lady in the title card is wearing Oyster, to match her coif.

These have been left on the line a bit longer or were never bleached in the first place; Primer might be an older gown that used to be a lot whiter.

And I'll admit... to me these could be either old-and-yellowed or deliberately dyed; Dove looks like it might've gone through the same wash-water as black and gray clothing at some point and just gotten dingy, while Custard looks more like it got a very light dye-job in mustard.

So! When you download, you get the above twelve chemises, categorized as both nightgowns and underwear. They have fatmorphs, pregmorphs, and are bump-map-enabled, and you can choose between townie-friendly and regular versions. You can only have one version of each gown, but if you want the peasanty colors townified and the bright whites present but not something your farmers' daughters can grow up into, that'll work just fine.

The fantastic mesh is originally by Liana, with Bloom's sexyfeet added by Needlecream, and with preg and fat morphs and a mapping fix added by Cynnix. The Cynnix version of the mesh is included. The textures are by ZoeJ, but I beat on them quite a bit to make them fit the new mesh properly.

I used both Pooklet's Project Mayhem and CuriousB's Any Color You Like actions on these gowns, so no paysites on this one.

As ever, I have to thank Lyn for making sure I had a working copy of Photoshop, Quaxi for SimPE because otherwise my tooltips would be indecipherable, and DJ for the Compressorizer, because oh I like compressorizing things. (These have been compressorized. Clear your cache files after installing.)

... Yup, that looks like everything.


Date: 2012-07-15 03:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nailtek
Aaaaah, yess! I have been looking for a mesh like this for quite some time (i don't play a period game, but sometimes you just need longer nightgowns, y'know?), and here you come with some lovely edits of it. /swoon
And might I say, I am super glad to see you back! Your stuff is always so awesome so I'm happy to see you posting again. :3

Date: 2012-07-15 02:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] digitaldollies
Thanks, yet once again. I've been working on an idea and these and the other period gowns will work extremely well.

Date: 2012-07-16 03:50 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] morgaine2005.wordpress.com
Yes! I do love ZoeJ's original nightgown, but as you pointed out, it tends to clip ... a lot ... It's nice to have the same basic idea, NOT clipping, and lots of options for all of my ladies. :)

So, um, just out of curiosity ... how do you feel about your clothes becoming defaults? I make no promises, but these are so darn versatile I might just have to give into temptation.

Bonne Nuit

Date: 2012-07-20 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
From Sophie-David:

Hi Hat

Welcome back! I think its great to take a break, not only for "business", etc. but because I do believe that any creative activity can benefit strongly from periodic time outs. But of course I'm also glad to see you sharing your great stuff with us again! And I do worry about anyone who leaves the community for an extended period, if they are doing OK, etc.

This is a wonderful collection, and I really appreciate the thought that went into the colour selections. Having mix and match between towniefied and regular versions is also a great idea, and I will do so in my own game too.

If there is no cost to you, could I ask you to consider sending me a Dreamwidth invitation so that I don't have to logon anonymously?

All the best

Date: 2012-07-21 05:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sophie_david
Thanks Hat. I just registered successfully, but for some reason I didn't need a code after all.

Yes, I also find the over-abundance of YA/AF Casual and Formal frustrating!
Edited Date: 2012-07-21 05:58 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-08-16 08:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] faechangeling
So now that this awesome mesh exists, I want to do a billion recolors. I'm thinking the textures/alphas here: http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=423885

would look amazing on it. Would you use something like that? The plain ones are what I'm aiming for personally, but doing a few more couldn't hurt!

Also, would you use this mesh: http://www.medievalsims.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=4024&p=43908#p43908

in all of the recolors you did for this set?

Date: 2013-01-24 12:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heget
This doesn't have a teen mesh conversion, does it? Booh.
...back to the drawing board...

Date: 2013-01-24 02:21 am (UTC)
heget: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heget
Awesome! game plan is back on.

Date: 2013-08-02 06:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] needlecream
I'm glad that mesh was useful! I'm sorry that at the time I was unable to make the morphs, but it is kind of neat to be reminded of how much I've learned since.
Thanks for sharing!

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