I was asked about the way I make the scrunchy fabric effect on my bloomers so I decided to make a little tutorial. This tutorial assumes that you have basic knowledge of the tools in MD. So here goes! I hope you guys find this helpful and can’t wait to see you guys release some scrunchy cc!
So in order to make this gathered effect, first you need to make a rectangular shaped fabric in marvelous designer. The size of the fabric is completely up to you and what you’re making.
After making your fabric you’ll want to right click on the piece and make a copy of it.
I have placed the copy of the piece on top of my initial piece as you can see here but you can place it anywhere you’d like. Just try and make sure that the pieces are close to each other just because we have to sew them later on and it just makes it easier to sew if they are close.
After you decide where to place your copied piece on the 2D window, go over to the 3D window and right click on the first piece you created and click “freeze”. We want to freeze this piece in place because it is basically going to be the anchor for our other piece.
Here you can see that the first piece we made is now frozen in place because it has turned a bluish color. This piece will no longer move when simulating. Our copied piece is still white and therefore will be the only piece that moves when we click the simulate button.
Now what we want to do is sew the pieces together. In the 3D window you can see that I have pulled the copied piece in front of the piece we froze in the last step. You don’t necessarily have to do this but it makes simulating much quicker if you do and for me it’s just easier to see that I have sewed things correctly.
Anyway, like I said before we have to sew the pieces together. We want to sew all the sides of both pieces together. So we will be sewing the left side of the top piece to the left side of the bottom piece. The top side of the top piece to the top side of the bottom piece. The right side of the top piece to the right side of the bottom piece. And lastly, the bottom side of the top piece to the bottom side of the bottom piece.
If sewed correctly your 3D window should look like the image above. All sewing lines are straight which means the sewing lines are in the right direction. It basically looks like a 3D rectangle. (This is what I meant by being easier to see when you pull the piece forward).
Now we want to click on the piece of fabric that isn’t frozen and change the layer from “0″ to “1″. This will ensure that this piece will overlap the frozen piece.
Now back in the 2D window we will change the width of the unfrozen piece and make it reallly long! The longer you make it the more folds will appear. Now we can click the simulate button! The fabric may explode while simulating but just let it finish and it should fix itself right up!
Look at all those bomb ass ruffles! A++!
Now for some reason Marvelous doesn’t produce the same effect if your piece is very thin. As you can see in this picture my pieces are a lot thinner than before and even though I took the same steps to make the ruffles, they don’t actually appear at all on this piece! Well don’t worry ladies and gents there is an easy fix for this!
Click on your unfrozen piece and in the property editor window look for “particle distance”. Your default particle distance will be set to 20. We want to make this number smaller.
Here you can see I have set the particle distance to 5 and pressed simulate again. We are beginning to see the ruffles slightly but they aren’t all that great right now because my fabric is so thin. The thinner the fabric the smaller your particle distance will have to be in order for your ruffles to show up properly. So lets make the number lower again. Note: that the smaller your particle distance, the higher poly your mesh becomes!!
So here you can see I lowered my particle distance to 2 and yayyy there go those darn ruffles! You did it! Note: since making the particle distance smaller increases your poly size, I would recommend messing around with the particle distance size as well as the width of the fabric in order to get it to look how you like.
You are officially a scrunchy guru! Go you!