Pleasantview Folk

Pleasantview Folk

Friday, 17 October 2014

Queen Anne's Lace: an Early 1700s Gown set for Adult Females

Hello again! I have another quick update for you before I move on to my Halloween October theme for this month - some quick and simple 18th century damask gowns with matching petticoats and a delicate lace frill, in a veritable rainbow of colours!
I was quite proud of how these turned out, to be honest! the alpha-mapping option available with this gorgeous mesh, courtesy of the now sadly defunct Sim Ages, means I managed to achieve a rich textured feel with the damask pattern.

I based this particular project on the early fashions seen on the 18th century wooden "Queen Anne" Dolls popular with children at the time. You can see some lovely examples of these old-fashioned toys online (even if I personally find the faces a little creepy) - and their clothes are lovely as an indication of what was worn at the time. There are some ornate examples, but I prefer the plain gowns for an everyday look, as you can see below:
Plain construction, neat little white frill, and nice fabric. The petticoat is also often made in the same fabric, so I went with that to produce and elegant (but still slightly formal) look for my 18th century Simmies.

But on to the in-game pretty pictures!

Above is Bella (of Pleasantview fame), along with a helpfully resurrected Darleen Dreamer modelling a beautiful butter-yellow dress. You can see the back and the appropriate 18th century seaming I added there.

The recolours are as follows:

Here we have Darleen, Bella, a helpful 'Mourning Widow' Dina Caliente showing off her widow's weeds, and a random red-head I plucked from my Sim Bin to play with. Surprisingly the dusky pink doesn't look too bad with her bright red hair!

Some dull, drab shades of damask for merchant's wives - who can afford silk, just not the bright dyes - as well as a white damask dress, perfect for period weddings. I always like to include black and white with my recolours so there are options for weddings and funerals in-game. That's how Sims 2 rolls, after all, with the family events!

Some of my favourite recolours are included here. I designed the purple specifically for Darleen, who wears a similar shade of jumper in her default Maxis outfit. The light green really suits Random Redhead there, too..
And some final drab recolours I couldn't fit on the other screen cap. Mostly included because I love how Bella looks with the hat. It's a Sims 3 conversion I picked up from a Glamour/Jazz age set, but it camouflages itself quite well in the 18th century!

Update 26/03/2015
 Whoops! Sorry folks, looks like I included the wrong mesh in this package. I've updated the download package, and it should now include the correct mesh here.
All these recolours are included in the package with the mesh, so you can pick what you like/delete colours you don't, as you please.

The Devil's In The Details:

Mesh credits have to go to the awesome Sim Ages, and to the lovely Sherahbim, who demonstrated just how awesome this mesh was with her own gorgeous creations.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Pomading the Premades: Bella Goth's 18th century wardrobe

Greetings, one and all!I thought I’d present for you today the first instalment of an ongoing project I like to call ‘Pomading the Pre-Mades.’ I’ve really enjoyed the versatility and creativity of other talented Sims 2 creators, when given the pre-made characters in the Sims 2 ‘hoods to play with. Wonderful examples of this includes Skelljay’s awesome ‘Fortune and Romance’ Pleasantview story, and Winter’s gorgeous Renaissance retelling of the Veronaville crew in ‘Winter In Verona’. But there seems to be a gap where the 18th century is concerned – which seems a real shame, as the neighbourhoods in Sims 2 are practically made to be isolated colonial provinces!

Our first patron today is the lovely Bella Goth, who graciously volunteered for the make-over process. Shown here in her disgracefully immodest future-dweller garb…:P

 As the foremost lady in the Pleasantview province, Bella will need to look rather special – she is married to a Goth, after all, and the Goths are the richest Sims in Pleasantview.
Bella’s outfit will also need to be red.  That’s a fundamental fashion statement about Bella everyone remembers from the games, and you can bet 18th century Bella isn’t going to be any different! Historically, lasting dyes were hard to achieve until the introduction of aniline dyes in the 19th century - so rich colours were a sign of wealth. Bella’s showing just what position she holds in Pleasantview, and that’s certainly at the top of the tree.

So, without further ado, I present the capsule 18th century wardrobe of Mistress Bella Goth of Pleasantview: One everyday gown, two formal gowns, a shift for underwear, a nightgown and a Brunswick jacket ensemble, complete with matching hood.


This is based on a 1770s style of gown known as a compere front. Note the buttons on the front of Bella's gown? These were often just decorative embellishments on the 'false front'. The bodice would actually hook or lace up at the side.
Bella is working what I would call the 'Practical, but dressed to kill' look. The gown ticks all the right boxes for a woman in Bella's position. She's wearing a glorious tomato-coloured silk, and she has a little spy-glass on black ribbon at her girdle (possibly for staring superciliously at other members of the gentry?) Her hoops aren't excessive, as this is an everyday gown.

Her hair is worn up, but Bella piles it up an old how when she has work to do. Her fashionable lady's maid despairs, but Mortimer thinks it's adorable...


I splurged a bit here, and came up with Bella's wedding gown as well as a formal gown (for those casual entertainments and card-parties, as opposed to grand balls). 

Bella's wedding dress is a court gown and that means ridiculous hoops! This was the height of fashion in royal circles and the highest echelons of society. The gold and silver embroidery emphasized the status and wealth of the wearer, and made a lovely glittering effect in dim candlelight, especially with the gilded ribbons and frothy engageante sleeves.

My headcanon for this gown is that Bella doesn't particularly like her wedding dress. Her mother Jocasta made most of the dressmaking decisions along with Cornelia Goth, and in a fit of mutual maternal pride they forgot to actually ask Bella anything about it. Bella keeps it in her linen cupboard, but she hopes to discreetly 'spill' something down it one day so she can throw it out...

Bella's second formal gown is basically a court-gown version of her everyday gown, with a little more black in the stomacher and a sacque-back that drapes elegantly as she walks...


Somewhere along the line I decided Bella wasn't really one for corsets if she could get away with it - so when she's in her undies, it's simply a shift and stockings, held up by scandalous red garters. Massive, massive love to heget over at PBK for her generous recolour & texture policy, as my own attempt at stockings didn't turn out very well!



I went unashamedly " Mills & Boon/ Gothic novel" on this nightgown -if you squint, it's sort of period-accurate? But it's very appropriate for wandering around the darkened halls of the Goth mansion, candlestick in hand, so  I just rolled with this one and let the period accuracy slide. Red with black lace trim and a ribbon at the waist.


My first attempt at an everyday gown for Bella, but after some research I decided this would be much better as a dancing gown, or 'ballet' dress. 18th century ballet costume tended to be ankle length rather than the tutus that have evolved today, so I kept this simple brocade bodice and plain skirt as a nice, period-appropriate bit of attire of Bella to use the ballet barre in.


This is probably one of my favourite pieces for this wardrobe set! It’s based on a very popular hooded short jacket from the 18th century, known as a Brunswick. This was generally worn as outerwear or travelling dress, like a riding habit. The hood protected your elaborate hairstyles from wind and weather. Bella’s is dove grey with a few of her signature colours in her trimming and skirt. Comes with a recolour of GeneralZoi’s hood from the wonderful ‘hooded cape’ set.

Download Bella's complete wardrobe here

The Devil's In the Details:

Many, many thanks have to go to happymoonbelly at, All About Style, the lovely 18th century elven goddess heget, and GeneralZoi over at MTS. none of these recolours would be possible without talented people who can make meshes, and have such generous terms of use policies! The stockings on Bella's shift are also heget's textures, but apart from that everything else has been whipped up by me.