How to Make a Vault 101 Shirt

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How to Make a Vault 101 Shirt
Fallout 3 is a popular action RPG based on a post-apocalyptic world. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

In Fallout 3, the post-apocalyptic action RPG (role playing game) for multiple gaming systems, you play a character that is one of the only people to leave his home, Vault 101, in 200 years. The iconic uniform worn by the character has become a popular costume for cos-players (people who make costumes for video game or anime conventions) and video game enthusiasts alike. In a few simple steps, you can be the proud owner of one as well.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Blue jumpsuit or shirt
  • Yellow fabric paint or spray paint
  • Stencils
  • Trash bags

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  1. 1

    Purchase a plain blue jumpsuit or shirt. Try to find one that is dark blue, preferably a dark denim. Thrift stores are a good source to check, although an easier option is locating one for sale online.

  2. 2

    Create or purchase a stencil for making the numbers. If you have a printer, there are many online resources for stencil making. Check the resources section at the end of this article for an example.

  3. 3

    Lay out the jumpsuit or shirt face down. Lay the stencil across the shoulder area. Be sure to protect surrounding areas from over-spray using the trash bags. Hold the yellow fabric paint or spray paint roughly one foot away from the jumpsuit and spray until the colour of the jumpsuit is no longer visible.

  4. 4

    Let the jumpsuit dry overnight. Machine wash separately, to avoid discolouration of other clothes. For a more realistic look, wash several times in a row until the yellow has faded slightly.

Tips and warnings

  • You can make your costume more realistic by adding yellow strips to the front of the jumpsuit or the sleeves of the shirt. Another option is creating a stencil to represent "Pip-boy 3000," the computer worn on the wrist of Fallout 3's main character.

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