Freebie Spotlight: Cinco de Mayo

“The Fifth of May” — Cinco de Mayo — is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. After perusing Google images, I came away with an impression of brilliant colors, swirling dresses, long black hair in braids and buns with lots of flowers and ribbons, men in sombreros and decorated pants, piñatas, acoustic guitars and maracas, and the red/white/green colors of the Mexican flag.

Aside of a couple sombreros, I didn’t find much in my runtime for a traditional Cinco de Mayo festival, but there were a few possibilities. Some assembly — and retexturing — required.

Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories – Females

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Fae Top V4 || Bodice from Magical Dress Platinum A4 (also the hair ribbons) || Rose’s Fantasy Dove V4 || Cho’s Crinolines 01 || Cho’s Crinolines 02 || Gothic Outfit V4 Pt 1/Pt 2 || Fantasy Romance V4 || Gypsy Leah V4 || Vintage Bobby Soxer V3V4 || Party Princess K4 || Vintage Mary Jane Pumps V4V3 || V3 Mary Janes || A3 School Shoes || Bow from Ama Suit V4 || Red Bow || Egypt Collar V4 || Scarf from Traditional Sailor Uniform A4 || V4 Refit for Magical Dress Platinum || V4 Refit for Traditional Sailor Uniform || Genesis 1 Cherokee Tear Dress

Notes: Most of the women in the photos I looked at wore peasant-style blouses and long skirts with Mary Jane-style shoes, though a few had ankle boots. These are the closest analogs. The Vintage Bobby Soxer skirt isn’t quite long enough for a traditional Cinco de Mayo outfit, but it could also be doubled up with another, longer skirt.

Clothing and Shoes – Males

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Still Life H3 || Casablanca Suit M3 ||  Neo Rockabilly H3 || Sash from Ode H3 || Genesis 1 Victorian Smoking Jacket || Genesis 1 Pinstripe Suit

Notes: Most of the men in the photos wore floppy ties, white shirts, and dark pants with short jackets. I couldn’t find a waist-length jacket, but Still Life and Casablanca coats come closest after hiding the hip bones. This leads to a slight oddness in the Casablanca coat, but it’s not too noticeable (a transparency map would probably be a better idea.) The tie from Casablanca’s shirt piece needs to be hidden too. The Genesis coats definitely need a transparency map to make them shorter. Check wilmap’s portfolio for the Pinstripe Suit’s other two downloads.

I found no analogous freebies for M4. Something workable can be done with the pants, shirt, and boots from M4 Cowboy, the jacket from Urban Wear M4 (zippers, buttons, and waistband hidden), the cummerbund from M3′s 3-Piece Suit, and Lab108′s red bow (above.)

Jewelry and Accessories

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Dynamic Beads (all of them listed here) || Crystal Necklace V4 || Pearl Necklace V4 || Bangles from Kawaiinimals || Hoopies || V4 Hoops || Retro Hoops || Flower Power Earrings || Morphing Wide Belt

Notes: Lots of jewelry, and all very colorful! I’ve used the dynamic necklaces in DS, though the procedural shaders don’t work. A large, diverse selection of free earrings can be found at Stegy’s page. The belt hides a missing fabric gap and has a lot of useful fitting morphs, although the sash from Courageous V4 provides the more traditional-looking result.

Sombreros, Hair, and Hair Props

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Steampunk Sombrero M4V4 || Mexican Sombrero || HmHm Hair V4 || Mitsuami Hair V4 || Mitsuami Showa Hair || Rapunzel Hair V3 || Audrey Hair V4V3A3 or at the webarchive|| Koz’s Pony Tail V3 || Sweetness Hair V3 || Koz’s UpDo V3 || Roll Hair 2 || Twin Chignon || Hero Hair M4 || Sulu Hair M3M4 || Cinco de Mayo Hair Decorations (thanks again, Dollygirl!) || Flower Headband V4 || Flower decorations from Wareshinobu Hair || Cherry Corsage || Gazania Flowers

Notes: Hair styles involve lots of ribbons, bows, and flowers. A number of these hair props are quite old, but can be refitted to newer figures reasonably well. I included a couple sombrero-friendly male hair props. The hair ribbons from Magical Girl A4 also work. The SWAM website was active a few weeks ago, but is now empty.

Celebration Props:

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Acoustic Folk Guitar || Martin D-45 Acoustin Guitar || Violin || Maracas || Tambourine #01 || Tambourine #02 || Trumpet || Accordion (also here) || Morphing Flag || US Flag || Luna || Haniwa Horse || Blind Fold – Karth || Blind Fold – MDC || Stick from Bundle On A Stick || Easy Pose Rope  || Rope || Candies || Pops Candy || Poses for the Acoustic Guitar V4 || Violin Pose Set #01 || Violin Pose Set #02 || El Burro

Notes: The texture file paths on the first guitar need to be fixed. I searched high and low for a piñata, but no luck — I even had a hard time finding a stick with which to whack a piñata. The music poses are all for V4 but can be adjusted to M4. I have no idea why I included a burro…my only excuse is that burros are cute.

If looking for more candy, there’s also ironman13′s Halloween Candy set. It’s not free, but it’s a nice set to have on hand for any random candy needs.

That’s it! Not as an extensive a listing as a few others, but it should be enough to get one started on a Cindo de Mayo render.

REC Cinco de Mayo Freebies

And, finally, some downloads! I wasn’t sure how to pack these up, but eventually decided it would be easier to make a bunch of little zips than several large ones with everything lumped together. This way folks can download only what they want and install things where they’d prefer. The links to all the outfits and props are in the readme files as well as the main Cinco de Mayo Freebies post.

All presets for DS3 + and Poser 5 + — with the usual caveat that Poser users will probably need to tweak the surface material settings because I do everything in DS3 and then use a materials converter to make the pz2 files.

Click on the mini-thumbs to view larger previews. Also, this was a lot of zips to package up in a few days. I tested them, but please let me know if there are any errors.

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Download textures: Fantasy Dove || Crinolines I Dress 02 || Crinolines II Tiered Skirt

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Download textures: Fae Top || Magical Girl One Piece || Trad Sailor Uniform Scarf

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Download textures: Still Life H3 || M4 Cowboy || Urban Wear M4

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Download textures: Haniwa Pinata || Mexican Flag MDC || Mexican Flag MAB

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Download Cinco de Mayo Seamless Tiles and Ribbons

Inside, a few additional notes…

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WIP: Last Cinco de Mayo Update

Because everything’s on track for me to post the listing and its freebies a day or so after Easter Sunday. The family is gathering for the usual ham feast at my parents’ house on Sunday, so I don’t think I’ll get much work done that day. Mostly I’m done; just have to make Poser versions of the materials and then some “Hide” utilities.


More Cinco de Mayo progress…

I’ve been experimenting with a second top for V4, which comes from the One Piece part of redviper2012′s Magical Girl A4 outfit with the Hip Bone hidden. Added the sleeves from Rose2000′s Fantasy Dove Gown (same as the dress) and the scarf from redviper’s Traditional Sailor Uniform A4 (I use the V4 refit for both redviper outfits.)

This kit-bash only works if there’s a sash or wide belt to cover the gap between the hidden part of the skirt and the bottom of the shirt. The sash I’m using comes from V4 Courageous, although in a pinch parrotdolphin’s free Morphing Wide Belt also works. The sleeves aren’t a perfect fit, but minor postwork takes care of that. The sash also takes a bit of fiddling, so I parent it to V4 instead of fitting it to her.

I made two sets for the male figures — Adzan’s Still Life H3 and the Cowboy/Urban Wear combo for M4 — one black and the other charcoal gray. For Jonnte’s sombrero prop, I took one of the textures into PSP and gray-scaled it so it would better match the black and gray outfits.

After hiding the mane on Sanzi’s Haniwa Horse, it looks more pinata-like. It’ll do. :) Also, I made a few Mexican flag textures for Most Digital Creation’s free Morphing Flag and Mab’s US Flag prop.

In addition to three textures for the Fantasy Dove Gown, I’ve also a made a couple textures each for two skirts from Jan’s Crinolines I and II. I also made a few textures for Maria’s Fae Top and the Sailor Uni scarf. I probably could’ve done more, but I’m slow at this sort of thing. :?

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Dial Morph Character: Diana V4


Diana V4, for DAZ Studio and Poser


Usage: Okay for commercial and personal use.

Info: An African-American dial morph inspired by…a hair prop! Usually I’m inspired by a face or a particularly striking facial feature, and then dial a character around that. This time, I wanted a character to “fit” the Miki Chelle Updo Style hair I bought a few years back.

It has a kind of retro look, reminding me of the 1960s and female singers. In particular, Diana Ross and the Supremes. They were mostly before my time — I was a child of the 80s — but I liked a lot of their songs. Anyway, the end result is Diana. Despite her name and inspiration, though, she’s not modeled on Diana Ross or any of the Supremes.

Diana comes in two versions, which are pretty close to each other. The first uses a few expression morphs, which is something I usually try to avoid. The second version removes the expression morphs, tweaks a few others to make up for that, and is a little softer. The second body option is also a bit more voluptuous. (I forgot to make a preview of the second version, sorry.)

Required: Victoria 4′s Morphs ++ and Elite Ethnic Faces.


I <3 Teachers


Test render with the Kerry-Ann texture and Minerva Hair

Credits for Preview: Diana is wearing the Marie Elite texture, the aforementioned Miki Chelle Updo Style, and earrings from Bettine’s Sekrets.

Credits for I <3 Teachers: Room from West Park with an East Park texture; sky from To the Sky backgrounds; Skool Daze for Parkside High Recess (I retextured the chairs); Garbage Cans; Office Desk Supplies; File It Away; mug from Art of Fiona; Hr-117; V4 In Style Bundle; Ballerina Assembly Kit; Inception8′s Cat Pendant for Bettine’s Sekrets (can’t recall where I found it); Glasses for M4V4; Watches 4 Girls; ring from Prestige Vol 2; Fishtail Braids; Sapphire V4; Fashion V4; Clogs and Socks; Eirene Hair; Claire V4; top from Fashion V4; jeans from Tres Chic, Canvas Shoes V4; Goya Hair; Derek M4; shirt from Veteran War Dog M4; pants from Cyberpunk M4 with Post Apocalyptic for Cyberpunk textures; shoes from Real Jeans M4. A couple poses from Parkside High Poses, another from Disconsolation Poses, and Diana makes use of V4 Partial Pose Kit.

Giving Rufus his stripes in DS

I bought a lot of Plushies and Plushies stuff during the recent RDNA sale, including many extras for Rufus. I really wanted the Stripes texture add-on, but it was a Poser-only product. I was resigned, but then I read the description again and thought maybe I could find a work-around.

And I did! It’s not a work-around in DS, and it eats up more disk space than the original Poser material files, but it gets the job done for DS users like me. It involves a little work in PS/PSP. I wish I could simply provide the textures and mat presets, but I can’t — that would be redistribution of a commercial product, which is not allowed.

So I thought I could at least share what I did with other like minded DS users, who may have been pining for a striped Rufus:

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