Ole! Traje de Luces!

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I was approached a while back by a guy who wanted a “traditional costume of my country”.  He was from Spain.  As he had left me a note card without any details, I sent him a message asking him for the specific costume he wanted.  Then I ended up on Plurk.com, asking people what they thought of when they heard, “Spanish traditional costume”.

One person suggested:  TRAJE DE LUCES, and posted a picture of the intrepid Matador.  I had never known the true name.  I, like so many other people, had simply called it “Matador”.  Since I was in need of some inspiration, and desperately in need of creating something new for the store, I researched the costume, and started making the traditional system layer clothing for Second Life.

But wait, Sred!  What about all that crazy mesh?  That, my friends, is an excellent question.  I’m new to the whole mesh thing, though I’ve been struggling to make sense of Blender and all its evil nuances for months.  Then I had the bright idea that the Traje de Luces should be in mesh, or at least partially mesh.

That’s when the screaming at the wall began.  The hair loss, sanity loss, and probable loss of any shred of confidence occurred all at once.  I had a couple of full-blown meltdowns, moaned, whined, and gnashed my teeth.

Finally, when all hope was lost, I suddenly had a pair of pants and a jacket!  Holy shimollee!  I will have this program conquered yet, though I feel a little like one of the characters in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire.  Seriously.  You know that bit where Theon Greyjoy is being tortured?  That’s exactly how learning Blender feels, even down to the castration and splints under the fingernails.  Oh yes, it’s brutal.

But the outfit turned out pretty good, non?

A lot comes with this outfit.  It’s all listed on the image below.  It also comes in six colors. So, guys, do you feel up to putting on a pair of pink socks and some tight silk pants?  Come on, I dare you.

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