How to make a Bow or Knots in Marvelous Designer

There was a question in Second Life's Blender for Beginners group today asking...

Ok before I pull my hair out...Anyone here good and tying knots in Marvelous designer. I just messed mine all up, finally got one in there last night..pretty little sash..WHAM one wrong pull, lol

...I think can/is/will be a problem for most of us who are new to Marvelous Designer.  From trying to answer this question, it seems that others have had similar issues.  While I have not attempted this myself, I did research the question for the person asking and found the following, which might help you with a bit of frustration at a future time.

WORDS FROM EXPERIENCE

One thing I have learned about Marvelous Designer and mesh items in general, do not discount resources which you may not think are specifically designed for your project.  Oftentimes, a given technique or information can be adapted to a variety of uses.  A mesh bow being created for a package in Blender may indeed be the exact technique you are looking for to make that bow for your dress or skirt for a final product.

Also, hunt though real world sewing tutorials and blogs.  Knowing how items work with real fabric may help you with creating clothing in Marvelous Designer.  After all, MD appears to have been created to simulate real world designs. 

Be resourceful and think outside of the box when it comes to creating.  

RESOURCES

HOW TO MAKE A BOW--Discussion on how to make a bow.  Has links posted in the article so be sure to read all of the posts.
http://www.marvelousdesigner.com/community/forum/Discussion/4778?page=6

http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Mesh/Quest-for-the-Bow/td-p/2734102 


HOW TO TIE A KNOT--Has a video link on make a tie.
http://www.marvelousdesigner.com/community/forum/Discussion/3630?page=69

http://beckjak.blogspot.com/2013/03/making-necktie.html 

HOW TO MAKE A SCAR--Great older Marvelous Designer video on how to make and drape a scarf. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=519o4Y9bV4w

INFORMATION ON SETTINGS-Older Version of MD

http://www.marvelousdesigner.com/support/faqlist.aspx?Category=0&SubCategory=0&page=7

I am sure with a bit more searching you can find other information resources to assist you in the vast world of the internet.  Also, where possible, share your knowledge and techniques with others.  Ask questions on the Marvelous Designer forums, the Marvelous Designer group in Second Life or other places.

Remember, part of the solution will be practice....practice...practice makes perfect in something that appears to be a bit complicate.  Also, you might consider looking for Blender, Zbrush, or Maya videos, depending on what software you use, and make your bows or knots there then add them to your final product before rigging and skinning. 

Happy Creating!

Morgaine

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