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Chell Portal costume tutorial by Lambda2441 Chell Portal costume tutorial by Lambda2441

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this is a basic outline as to how I made this [link] costume.

For other reference, check out:
tutorial on installing piping: [link]
pattern for this jumpsuit: [link]
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:icontastygamingwithrib:
TastyGamingWithRib Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am going to be using this, thank you!
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flyingscience628 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I'm dressing up as Chell for Tampa Bay Comic Con in a few weeks. How much would you say JUST the Jumpsuit is- you know, price wise-, and how long would it take to sew it?

Also, thank you for providing the pattern for the jumpsuit. It'll be a great help!

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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just checking the price of the fabric I used, looks like about $10 per yard so using 4 yards plus the zippers and snaps and whatnot you could probably do the jumpsuit for less than $60.
I did all the sewing for the jumpsuit working full time over 2 or 3 days (if I can remember correctly, it's been a few years) but it'll of course depend on your sewing experience.
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:iconflyingscience628:
flyingscience628 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Okay, thanks!
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:iconunique-brushstrokes:
Unique-Brushstrokes Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any chance of getting a close-up picture of those leg braces? Me and my friends are adapting your design into full blown long fall boots (Hopefully ^^)
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can sort through and see if I have any higher rez images of them for you.
I wish I could just take close up pictures but they are currently housed at my parent's place in a different state.
But yeah, I'll see what I can come up with!
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:iconunique-brushstrokes:
Unique-Brushstrokes Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much, that would be really appreciated
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ok, I have to apologize, I've replaced my computer semi-recently and can't seem to locate the original images on my old drive. Most of the pictures taken of the costume should be on line somewhere if you wanted to poke around, the photographer who took the pictures I posted was Eurobeat King and they were taken at Sakuracon 2008.
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:iconunique-brushstrokes:
Unique-Brushstrokes Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's cool, thanks for your help (:
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:iconteamminato:
TeamMinato Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
What's the overall price of everything in this tutorial?
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's been a few years so I cant give precise numbers, but I would guess around $200?
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:iconteamminato:
TeamMinato Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
wait wait, subtract the costs for the portal gun, my friend has one, so about $100ish?
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think it would be doable for around that, you'd be better off tallying up the costs for yourself though, since some of it was from a recycling center so the pricing will vary.
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Indy-chan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
I just saw photos of your costume and I'm simply loving it! I can't find one single thing to criticise. It's just perfect! :)
And it's very kind of you to post these directions. Thanks so much!
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconnelianens:
NeliaNens Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Kinda thanks <333
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:iconheddo:
Heddo Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is genius o.o
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconheddo:
Heddo Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
u welcome c:
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:iconchangeling007:
Changeling007 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
... What is the Jell-o for? xD
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I shined a flashlight through the jello to make it glow, that's where the blue and orange light comes from [link]
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xXAlicewolfXx Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I have a question, though. do you have anything that can substitute for the skis? I live in Georgia and there aren't many skis to be found here XD
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm... It's hard to say. The way I picked them was basically walked around my local recycling center until I saw something roughly the right shape. Since the ends of the skis didn't curl out far enough I extended them with sheet metal and craft foam (layered together and glued) so it might be doable to make the whole thing with that method. The problem there would be finding sheet metal large enough and cutting it since craft stores usually just sell small sheets.
I'll think about it and let you know if I have any other ideas :) This is one of the trickier portions of the costume, I think I got pretty lucky finding the skis when I did.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
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:iconxxalicewolfxx:
xXAlicewolfXx Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
ok!
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xXAlicewolfXx Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student General Artist
oh my god THANKS! I'm a HUGE portal fan, and I've always wanted to cosplay chel for dragon con! my mission is FINNALY complete! dragoncon 2012 here I come!
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:iconctort:
Ctort Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
You. Are. Amazing.

I really wish I had found this tut earlier. :clap:
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconnitocris:
nitocris Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very cool, I wish I'd found it earlier so I could wear it for halloween this year
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Darn! Maybe next year?
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:iconnitocris:
nitocris Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or next con! This is a great resource and I'm pretty excited to try my hand at cosplay as Chell! :D
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Even better! I'm glad it's useful to you :)
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:iconally223:
Ally223 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Uuhhh.... The pictures aren't showing...
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The images inside the PDF? Maybe try downloading the file.
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:iconluminescentpheonix:
LuminescentPheonix Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
How much did you spend on making this?
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's been a while so I don't remember exactly, but I think it was nearly two hundred dollars.
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:iconluminescentpheonix:
LuminescentPheonix Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ouch. Still, its to be expected! Good job.
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, that's in large part why I haven't done any costumes in a long time, it's just too darn expensive! Thank you :)
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starWARSkicksASS Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Thank-you SO much!! I'm so glad I found this! :)
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it's helpful :)
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The-Uber-Spycrab Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Very awesome, helps a lot! :D
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BeheiBaker Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Thank you.
I have a couple more questions if that is alright..

How did you do the pockets and the white outlining?
I am sorry for all of these questions. <A<''
You have been a big help and this is amazing.
I love your cosplay and I hope to make this once my schedule is clear to do so.
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The white trim is made with piping (this is the most descriptive picture I could find of what it is [link]) the flat part gets sewn into the seams with the tube part sitting on the outside of the garment. You can get it at Joann Fabrics, it'll be with the blanket binding and other trims. the hardest part I think is getting it to look right on things like the patch pockets where there are no seams under them, you kind of have to finish them independently and then sew them on. Haha, I'm rambling now! Thanks, and definitely let me know if you have any other questions, I can also draw a sketch to show what I'm talking about if anything doesn't make sense. :)
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:iconbeheibaker:
BeheiBaker Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Thank you a lot. I understand how to do that now. i'm sorry for bugging you about all this.
The reason I have been asking all these questions,is the fact that Portal 2 will be coming out soon. I will be going with a friend,and we both agreed that I should be Chell and give out cake...or at least cupcakes..

If you could draw a picture that would be amazing.
you have been a really big help,thank you again.
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I made a visual description of how I used the piping for this costume, let me know if it doesn't make sense, or you'd like details on any other part as well. :)
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
maybe a link would be helpfull >_< [link]
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Not a problem at all! I'm glad I could help! Yes, I'm looking forward to portal 2 so much :) that sounds like a lot of fun, I hope you'll let me know when you finish, I'd love to see how it turns out.
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:iconbeheibaker:
BeheiBaker Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
What Material did you use for the jumpsuit?
also..how long did it take you to make?
I'm going to head out to buy the fabric sunday.
Thank you for all your help.
:iconlalalaplz:
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I used cotton duck, its basically like a really coarse canvas type material, I was thinking it was meant to be a bit like a prison jumpsuit so I went with something really stiff and heavy. I bought the material at Joann's but have not seen it in stores since then. The jumpsuit itself I think only took me one or two days but I spent some time after that wearing it down and ageing the fabric. I bought a brighter orange color than it looks like in pictures since it will dull down a bit when it gets aged.
You're welcome, glad to be able to help! :)
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klakkid Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooh, thanks!

*knows what to be for halloween*
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