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For Halloween this year, I'm dressing up as Chell from Portal. Prices for the tank tops online are too steep for a stingy person like me ($20.99 on thinkgeek.com)  and I don't trust online sizing anyway (not since I bought an adult small sweatshirt and got one the size of a house...). Thus, I decided to make my own. This tutorial will show you how to make your own Chell tank top for just a couple bucks.

Bonus: I'll show you a really neat way to transfer designs onto fabric without the hassle of stencils. ;) 

Step 1: Materials

For this project, you'll need: 

-- a white tank top (Make sure the fabric is compatible with the fabric marker/paint you use. Check the fine print of your product for details, but cotton is always a safe bet.)
-- a black fabric marker or black fabric paint
-- paintbrush if you're using paint 
-- pointy sharpie (any color that's not light; I used a medium point black sharpie.)
-- thin sheet of paper (Printer paper is too thick but binder paper is fine.)
-- pencil
-- magazine, cardboard, or newspaper
-- iron (for those who will use a fabric marker) 

The tank top only costed me $2.58 because I had a 40% off coupon for the store, and I already had all the supplies at home so this was a pretty cheap project for me. *fist pump*
This was a triumph!
I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS. ;)
Its hard to overstate my satifaction
Aperture Science.
We do what we must
Because we can.
For the good of all of us
except the ones who are dead.
But, there's no use crying over every mistake.
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake
And the science gets done and you make a neat gun
For the people who are still ALIVE :)
I'm not even angry.
I'm being so sincere right now. (Thank you for all who added to this growing list of lyrics!)
Even though you broke my heart? And killed me?
And tore me to pieces, And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because I was so happy for you!
Now these points of data make a beautiful line
And we're out of beta: we're releasing on time.
So I'm glad I got burned.
<p>Think of all the things we learned! </p><p>(so happy the song isn't over yet)</p>
<p>for the people who are still alive</p>
<p>go ahead and leave me... i think id prefer to stay inside...</p>
<p>Maybe you'll find someone else to help you.</p>
<p>Maybe Black Mesa?</p>
That was a joke... Haha... Fat chance
<p>Love it! I want one, for science of course =D</p>
<p>Haha of course! ;)</p>
I really like the simplicity of making such a otherwise complex to make print. I once tried making a similar shirt with bleach and a stencil. This seems to hold much better. <br>Great instructable!
Thanks so much for your nice comment!

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