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Chell costume jumpsuit pattern by Lambda2441 Chell costume jumpsuit pattern by Lambda2441
A more detailed pattern describing my costume for Portal's Chell.
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CamKitty2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really awesome! I might have to try using this pattern! :)
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noobyzgir350 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student General Artist
oh god your my savior i was planning on buying it online but most were prices i didnt like. Anyways, this is awesome thanks!
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Feathers-love Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
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...
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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 =P
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Yemskies Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If I don't want to put the piping in, it will kind of just be like sewing a tshirt to pants, right?

Also would you be able to give me an indication as to what order I should sew everything together?
Thank you!
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Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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 =P) 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.
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NeliaNens Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
It is really awesome! Going to start nest week :)
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K-Leafy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Photographer
I've been using this, and it's really helpful! Thanks so much for making it!
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it's been useful!
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InvaderDelilah Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gah idk how i could ever make one! :(
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mackieG13 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've decided to be Chell for Halloween, I plan on switching to Portal 2 Outfit if it gets hot. This seems perfect.
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Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice, that's smart!
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mackieG13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! You replied!

I live in Illinois, but every Halloween starts off warm and gets hot or starts off cold and gets colder. I hope that it's the earlier this year.


Any advice on where to find skis?
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'll cross my fingers for you!
I found my skis at a recycling center, but I've also seen them at goodwill or other larger thrift stores.
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sandiegobaby Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012   General Artist
could this double as the jumpsuit from portal 2 if you made the sleeves longer and roll them up???? i was just thinking about that.
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Perhaps, I haven't looked closely enough at the new design to tell for sure, but I bet it would work quite well!
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Persphonefallen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*CLAP. CLAP. CLAP*

Oh Good my slow clap processor made it through.
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Nat-the-witch Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you VERY MUCH for this, it really helped me ! :w00t:
It was hard cause I'd never did this before :XD:... but I think (hope) it will be ok.


Anyway, good job, your costume is great and thanks again for your help =)
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KibaWhiteWarrior Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Measurements? What size will this end up being?
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is just a basic layout of how the jumpsuit fits together, it can be scaled to anyone's measurements. I recommend using clothing that you already have to base the size of the pattern off of.
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KibaWhiteWarrior Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Have a key for the letters on the pattern >.>? Pleaaseee if it's not too much trouble?
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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 :)
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KibaWhiteWarrior Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah. I get it. Thanks :D
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LuminescentPheonix Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Did you buy a pattern, or make this yourself?
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i made the pattern myself, but some elements (like the pants portion) were based on clothes I owned.
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Ally223 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Thanks so much! I really love all of the detail and design. This helps a lot. I'll be sure to keep an eye on your posts, you seem to be very creative and artistic, that's a good thing to look out for.
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Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad it's useful for you.
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Eevee-Wheatley Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This helps so much!! I was going to freehand the design but this helps alot! Thanks!!
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OEmilyThePenguinO Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
PERFECT!! TuT this is gonna help my costume so much!
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EvilProdigyYIP Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
I'm thinking of sewing chell and my biggest problem is that I couldnt find a jumpsuit l pattern that I was satisfied with. I may just freehand the pattern and this is a huge help! Thanks so much!
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Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So glad it was helpful! good luck :)
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NekoNariko Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
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?
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Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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NekoNariko Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
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!
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Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Happy to be of help!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is going to help me SO MUCH! I've made plenty of lycra body suits in the past but I was terribly worried that Chell's jumpsuit was going to be my undoing. Thank you for this!
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Sasufan31697 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student General Artist
what do the letters mean and what is piping.....other than ts questions this is gonna help me tons.
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Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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Sasufan31697 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student General Artist
oh wow well this clears things up thanks so much for your help now im off to make my chell costume
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Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to be able to help :)
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silverbeam Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh wow awesome! I want to make one for my doll....
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Good idea! I hadn't thought of that, but I bet it would work great :)
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silverbeam Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It would be cool.
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Rpd95 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Thank you so much for this information about the chell costume!
it's such a help~ ;w;
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:iconlambda2441:
Lambda2441 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
glad to be of help :)
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RuyaFirtina Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
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?
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Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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 =)
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Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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 =P that being said, feel free to ask for any further clarification or other questions. Hope this was helpful! >_<
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RuyaFirtina Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
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.
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Lambda2441 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds great! If you get stuck or anything feel free to let me know =) I'll be excited to see how it turns out!
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