Coming Full Circle - mikexx2's Sweetheart Dress made full-body

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Uploaded: 31st Jan 2020 at 8:26 PM
This started with a sleeveless dress-with-cutouts that Yuichen made at Under-Your-Skin, and DeeDee converted to top-only. That was a few years ago, but recently, mikexx2 made textures with elbow-length sleeves and no cutouts for DeeDee's top-only meshes, which is how I found out about Yuichen's original dresses and meshes. I wanted a version of mikexx2's dresses that could be made with the FreeTime sewing machine, and after seeing the shoes on Yuichen's dresses, I wanted to use them, so I blended the textures and applied the results to Yuichen's full-body AF and TF meshes. The top-only dresses are not bumpmapped, but Yuichen's full-body ones are, so I kept the bumpmap for the bow accent at the waistline, and edited the bumpmap for the dress and shoes to remove the bumpmapping for the dress. The colors are from CuriousB's palette; I followed mikexx2's usage in using the colors of the skirts as the color names in the filenames.

Since I had an idea of where the shoe textures were, I had a go at recoloring the shoes, and that turned out well enough that I made a second set with recolored shoes. For all but the one of the dresses, I took the shoe color from the skirt. For the terracotta-skirt dress, I didn't like the way that recolor looked with some skin tones, so I took the shoe color from one of the stripes in the top. The outfits are set as Everyday, and are available to young adult, adult, and teen females. In Body Shop, CAS and the clothing rack dialog, the outfits will sort in reverse alphabetical order when going from left to right. Resources are compressed, and no expansion or stuff packs are required.

The outfits are organized into six rar files; two for the AF outfits, two for standalone TF outfits, and two for TF packages that are slaved to the AF outfits. The rar files and packages for outfits with recolored shoes are tagged with "colored_shoes". The rar files for the slaved TF packages are tagged as "Dependent"; if you download one of them, be sure to also get the matching AF file, because that's where the textures are. The slaved TF packages themselves are not tagged as slaved, which means that you can switch between the standalone and slaved versions of a TF package simply by letting one overwrite the other. Just be sure that you have the matching AF package for any slaved TF package you use. If you're not sure whether a TF package is slaved or standalone, check the file size. Slaved packages for outfits are tiny (usually under 3k).

In accord with Under-Your-Skin's policy, the meshes are not included. The required meshes are:
MESH_yuichen_affb_kayleighdress-eltaninheels and MESH_yuichen_tffb_kayleighdress-eltaninheels, which are available from Under-Your-Skin. The links go to the general pages for Sims 2 AF and TF meshes, the meshes themselves are the last full-body meshes on each page, so you'll need to scroll down a bit. mikexx2 doesn't appear to have a stated reuse policy, so I hope the standard link-and-credit is sufficient.

Custom content in images:
Default skins by Leh
(Note: The download links at GoS don't work, the skins can be downloaded here
Default eyes by Lyran (Wayback Machine link)
(Note: The download link is the pic of the eyes. It appears to be working at least some of the time.)
Default replacement eyebrows by rainstorm25

Additional Credits:
Yuichen, for the AF and TF meshes and the bumpmap textures. (Yuichen's credits for the meshes, and links to the mesh pages themselves, are at the link.)
I think the mapping for the shoes is Yuichen's, but the shoe textures are credited to Maxis.
mikexx2, for the dress textures. (In the picture, it's the one on the right.) Also, thanks to DeeDee for making me aware of them.

Inge's Teleporter Cat was used to summon the teen models in the catalog image.