Nouveau chez / new at: “Robin (Sojourner) Wood’s AV Store”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

It’s no secret I adore Robin Sojourner’s stuff. Not only because they are nicely done, using the best technique for a perfect design, but also because of Robin herself, who she is and what she brings to SL’s community.
For those who might not be aware, Robin gives tons of excellent tutorials on clothes designing to the community. Her templates, freely downloadable, are used by a huge majority of designers in SL. It’s all about sharing and it’s what I wish SL was, what I thought it was when I began (and the reason why I launched Slmen, for the record). Plus, she builds some of the most poetic and delicate items (her candles and lights are magic) and a visit to her land is a very cheerful moment.
I show you today her latest creations, New Flannel Shirts and Worn Jeans.

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Showing Worn Jeans gold thread in black with New Flannel Shirt in Buchanan Plaid.

The new flannel shirts come in many colors. Their plaid fabric shows bright colors. They are offered in the same pack in many options: tucked and untucked, each of them with roll up sleeves or not, plus untucked open shirt with roll up sleeves or not. Each of those versions is provided on the jacket layer, the untucked versions are also available on the shirt and undershirt layer. Well, I just miss a complement on the underpants layer to wear the tucked versions with low waist pants!

Seams are the best you can find, Robin uses 3D software to bake her texture and it shows. Everything is moddable and copy-no transfer. You can have your favorite color for 100 Lindens. Yes, 100 Lindens. I know it’s surprising to get so many options of such quality work at this price, and yes, you could be more used to seeing overpriced items very poorly done, sadly more and more on the grid. Fortunately Robin is here to remind us what ethics and humility are.

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New Flannel Shirts in, left to right and top down: Clergy Plaid, Culloden Plaid, Logan Plaid, and Valentine Plaid.

What I love: the fantastic quality; some original color mixes.
What I wish: more trendy colors, maybe; more than everything, a complement on the underpants layer to wear the shorts with low waist pants!!!

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 6/5!!!

Worn Jeans. They come in 9 colors (shown below), each of them showing over seamed thread in white, gold, tan, and another color harmonized to the fabric’s color. The used fabric is very realistic, and it shows nice ripped torn area on the knee and behind the left thigh. Shadowing and highlighting, keys of realistic looking items, are just great. Those jeans are old but clean, it’s important to tell you that, as the filthy trend is very prevalent on the grid these days :-D
Important note is, those jeans are high waist, and they follow the basic SL template. There was a time when each and every pair of pants on SL were like that; now it’s the opposite, and it’s good to have a reliable source of higher waist pants to wear with shirt layer items without an underpants complement. Without these complements, you show your belly, which is not really appreciated by men :-)

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Worn Jeans White thread , left to right and top down: Black, Blue, Brown, Charcoal, FadeBlue, Burgundy, Gray,LightBlue, and Hunter.

Each pair of jeans is sold for a very low 50 Lindens. You can get a pack of 4 versions of the same colors with every thread color available for 150 Lindens, I’m not sure of the interest of this pack. The full color pack of nine pants, to choose between white, gold or tan thread, for 300 Lindens, is your best choice. 9 high quality items for this price is just a steal! For this price you get two layers, pants and underpants, the last one useful when you want to wear them tucked in boots for example, without messing with the sliders of the pants layer. Everything is obviously moddable, and copy-no-transfer.

What I love: the fantastic quality; some colors; the nice realistic texture, staying soft.
What I wish: I should say “Nothing,” but I’m not like that! I wish some more subdued colors (Burgundy and Hunter are a bit too flashy IMHO; you can over tint them a bit though, but it’s not the same); a low waist version! Please, please Robin, consider it!

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 3.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 6/5!!!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Chemise, Jean / Shirt, Jeans:
New Flannel Shirt (100 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
Worn Jeans (50 Lindens/color, 300 Lidens for a 9 colors pack, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Robin Sojourner [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de Sport / Sneakers:
[ hoorenbeek ] All Stars - Black (480 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
Kensei - Sable (200 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/Every 72 colors packs, Perms: M/C/NT),,
@ Truth [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shape by Zada [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
Joshua TAN Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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3 Comments »

  1. I am surprised you didn’t use Robin’s eyes. They are even nicer than Miriel’s IMO. If you’ve not seen them, and like bigger eyes they are worth a look.

    Comment by Sean Heying — 27 February 2008 @ 13:23

  2. Robin’s blue flannell shirt was the first clothing I ever bought in SL, some three months after I signed up. I have literally camped for weeks to get the - I think - 75 or 100 L$ to buy it. And guess what happened? The vendor did not send it to me. I went like “Aaaarrgghhhhhh……” and IMed Robin, and shortly afterwards got the shirt delivered manually.

    It was a constant and beloved part of my outfit for many, many months (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21820486@N08/2149465455/) until in fact I discovered SL-Men and finally found other shops offering decent and stylish menswear.

    Comment by Peter Stindberg — 27 February 2008 @ 19:49

  3. Love the shirts. Agree about the pants…I’d love to see some low-rise ones from Robin.

    Comment by Perry Proudhon — 2 March 2008 @ 10:21

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