After seeing this months ago, I decided that I was gonna be Chell for Halloween! I've been working on the pattern for the past week and a half, and I have everything but the sleeves and collar all planned out. I've been using this and your other references as a basic idea, but I plan on converting the styles from both Portal and Portal 2 for my jumpsuit (meaning, I'm using the upper design from Portal, excluding the length of the sleeves, and the lower pants design from Portal 2)!! It's been so fun, but kinda stressful, to put together. I cannot thank you enough for uploading this, it has helped me tremendously!!
Just a quick question, How did you use to measure the sleeve pattern and the collar pattern? I want to make sure they fit right and I was a little stuck on the whole process...
I'm so glad it was useful to you! I'd love to see pictures once you finish.
For the sleeves and collar i would recommend measuring based on a collared shirt that fits the way you want. You can turn it inside out to see exactly where the seams are on the sleeve for easier measuring. The collar should fit your neck at the smaller end (right where the e is in the pattern) and flare out by an inch or two on the wider end. This can also be measured off a factory made shirt. If you don't have any collared shirts or none that match the pattern well, you could even just sneakily measure one in the store after trying them on for fit
Would be pretty easy to leave the piping out, since it's just stuck between each side of fabric before you sew.
As far as order: I would assemble the pieces of the shirt, making a ring with the panels around the waist and attaching them to the top of the shirt before attaching the sleeves. When you make the pants portion you'll want to sew up each leg, turn one inside out and put the right side out leg on the inside of it so the outside parts of the legs are touching, then you can sew the crotch seam together and turn them right side out again (maybe I should make a tutorial for that too ) The pockets should probably be added last so you can see where they will be on your body. Let me know if that makes sense, I can try to be more detailed.
Oh yeah, the letters are just to show what attaches to what, a1 gets sewn onto a2 etc. it's mostly to show scale, since it's not perfectly to scale in the drawing, for example e1 (the inside of the collar) needs to be long enough to cover all three edges labeled e2 (the neck of the jumpsuit) hope this is helpful
This is a really beneficial layout. I'm glad to see that you can pattern based off the model and that it looks good. I was surprised to read in your tutorial that you use cotton duck fabric. I would have thought that would be too heavy and too stiff. Did you do anything to make it softer, or does it just work better than I apparently expecting?
Thank you! I decided to go with cotton duck assuming that the jumpsuit was meant to be similar to a prison uniform; stiff and heavy but very durable, meant to withstand a lot of testing! It was fairly comfortable, I think with the heavier fabric it just becomes more important to have it fit really well since it is not very forgiving. If you wanted something lighter I bet you could get a good effect with a thick twill, though it might be hard to find it in the right color.
Yeah, the color is pretty hard to find.... And I think Joann's still carries that orange duck, so I'll go check it out. And I agree, it's definitely supposed to be durable! Again, thank you for posting this info! I'll be contacting you with questions if I get stuck!
The letters are just to show what attaches to what when you sew the pieces together, a1 attaches to a2 b1 to b2 etc. Its mostly to show proportions since my drawing is not exactly to scale, you can see what needs to line up with what (therefore needing to be the same length) Piping is a type of trim with a round tube which is the visible part and a flat band which gets sewn into the seam. I did a quick visual explanation here: [link] it's available at just about any fabric store in the trim section, including JoAnn fabrics.
Wow! This is amazing. I have zero experience working with sewing patterns, so I'm not sure how to start sewing based off of your plans. Do you have any tips about how one could get started?
Yesterday I went to Joanne's and Walmart, looking at some patterns they had of collared shirts and high-waisted pants. Maybe I could follow their pattern for the pants and sew it to the rest. Do you have any advice for someone setting out on this project for the first time?
Ok, [link] this is a little guide to exactly where each part of the costume falls on the body, hopefully it's helpful in translating the sketches into a usable pattern that fits you correctly. good luck
The biggest problem with translating what I have here vs. using a real pattern (which usually have pretty good instructions included) is translating it to the correct size and proportions; if it's your first time I might suggest getting some large paper (butcher paper would work great) and translating these shapes to the correct size based on your own measurements, then you could use those to trace on to your fabric like normal. To make it work for me I used clothing that already fit me to base the pattern off of, so if you have a pair of pants and a shirt that fit the way you would like the costume to, it might be a good idea to trace out the shapes of each part of the garments and use those measurements to alter for the correct patterns here (I wouldn't bother with trying to find high wasted pants, the hard part is the crotch, if you have that right just extend the waist up as far as you need) I have an idea for a sketch that might be helpful to you, I'll send it along when I get a chance (probably some time today) keep in mind pattern making is a skill that people spend years perfecting. I don't have any training, so everything I say is just based on my own trial and error that being said, feel free to ask for any further clarification or other questions. Hope this was helpful! >_<
Hooray! Thank you for the sketch--it definitely helps me. Today I took a well-fitted jacket that I have and started drawing out front and back patterns on a big roll of white paper while looking at your patterns and pictures. I think that I'll buy some cheap orange fabric from walmart to make a prototype of the shoulders and sleeves portion in a few days, just to see if this will actually fit me, or if I need to do something different. I'm pretty excited.