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I thought my costume making days were over, when I stopped working for my college theater department.  I guess I was wrong.

For the Generation 7, I needed a few outfits.  Most notably a nurse's uniform, as it is necessary to pay homage to the role women played in World War II.  But trying to find what I needed...that was another story.  Most of the nurse uniforms I found were a) too modern to be useful or b) too "naughty" to be tasteful.  And the one nurse's cap that I could find...well, the link was dead and it wasn't on the Graveyard or anywhere else I could find.

I eventually discovered a uniform that resembled what I wanted, but on a body shape mesh that I did not.  So, I "borrowed" the textures, and slapped them on a Maxis mesh (the lovely pink or green flowered dress that came with the Base Game).  To help reduce the shine a little (old textures are crap, but still better than anything I came up with on my own), I overlayed a white fabric to give it a little texture.  The result:

ETA: In game Photo:

I'm still not 100% happy with it, but it's the best I've come up with so far.  And as I'll only need it for a few scenes, I'm not sure I want to stress over it any longer.

As I did my research, I also discovered that there were nurses' aides.  Their uniforms were much different, so I needed to come up with something for them as well.  I liked the maid outfit that came with Bon Voyage, and I found a recolor on GoS that had the shade of blue that I wanted.  I just made one simple edit of the texture from there.  I have 2 versions right now, as I can't decided what shade of blue I prefer.

Version 1:

ETA: In-game photo of V1:

Version 2:

ETA In-game photo of V2:

I'm leaning towards version 1 right now, because that appears to be closer to the color in the picture I saw.

Okay, moving on from there.  Back in the day, nurses had caps.  I'm sure you've seen them in movies or on TV.  I couldn't find anything that even came close to that.  So, I took a crown mesh (actually two), and made them myself.

Cap 1 is made from a mesh by Windkeeper.  I like it because it doesn't make itself into a circlet like so many crown/tiara meshes do, but it's still got its metallic quality and I can't seem to fix it.

It's hard to see in this picture, but it shines when there's direct light on it.

The other had, which I'm thinking of using for the nurses' aides I like better, because it looks more like it's made from heavily starched material.

ETA: In-game photo

But what I don't like is that it's a full circle, with the emblem on the back side too.

So, that's what I've been fiddling with, so that I can have the outfits I need to shoot the scenes I want.  Oh, and bonus points if you can ID the model.  :D

ETA: The first cap is no longer shiny!  See!

Yay!  I'm very excited about this.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 17th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the CC making! It looks good to me. :)

Is that a grown-up Dotty?
Feb. 17th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's not perfect, but I think it will do, especially since Di explained how to make the cap non-shiny.

'Tis Dotty. I figured since she'll be the one wearing them eventually, I should give her first crack at them.
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Good job Heidi I'm impressed. I especially like the aids uniform first blue. I'd also use her cap on both uniforms as the first one does look like a piece of smooth metal.

Red hair, well I'm going with the main house twin whose name I forgot.

Feb. 17th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jo. I think I'm going to use the V1 of the aide's uniform - it really is closer to the picture I saw.

Di explained how to fix the cap, so it's not shiny anymore. I added pics so you can see the difference.

Yes, it's the main house twin Dotty.
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'm with Jo and Lily, I think it's Dotty grown up.

I like the first blue better myself, and I really think the second cap is better than the first.

I wish you all the best with finishing this up too. Are you going to show auxiliary corps too?
Feb. 17th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
It is Dotty grown up.

Thanks! I'm 95% certain I'm going with the first aide's uniform as it's really close to the color I saw in a pic. I think the first nurse's cap looks better now that I've fixed it so it's not shiny (see updated pics).

I'd like to show the auxiliary corps, but I need to see what their uniforms looked like first. I'm hoping with a few minor color alterations I can get the ones from All About Style to work.
Feb. 17th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
These look fantastic Heidi! Great job!
Feb. 17th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks Pen!
Feb. 17th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Very nice! :D
Feb. 19th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
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