How to Make a Dory Costume

Creating costumes yourself can be cheaper and more rewarding.
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Dory is the lovable but forgetful blue tang who appears as Marlin's sidekick in the 2003 Pixar animated film "Finding Nemo." In the film, Dory, voiced by Ellen deGeneres, suffers from short-term memory loss, but uses her multilingual talents to get the pair out of several scrapes. Her positivity and unflagging good cheer make her a great role model for children, even if she is a fish.

Look at a picture of Dory for reference. Paint her black patterns over the hood, back and sides of the blue sweatshirt. Each pattern resembles a big lowercase "a" in Times font and goes from just over her eye to the middle of her back. Sprinkle on some silver glitter to make the pattern look wet. Let dry.

Cut two round shapes -- about a foot in diameter -- out of the yellow fabric. Cut holes in their centers big enough to fit your wrists through. Thread these holes over the wrists of the sweatshirt.

Sew the inner rim to the sweatshirt -- when the sweatshirt is worn, the fabric should flutter down over the hands.

Paint black paint over the seams and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

Cut a large trapezoid -- about 2 feet long, with one 1-foot end and one 1 1/2-foot end -- out of the yellow fabric.

Sew the short end to the back center hem of the sweatshirt, so it flutters down as a tail.

Paint over the seam with black paint and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

Wear this sweatshirt with the blue pants or blue skirt and tights, as well as the yellow shoes.


Apply heavy blue and black eyeliner to suggest Dory's scale patterns. Or go all out and apply a coat of blue face paint to your entire face. Paint your ears yellow to emulate Dory's yellow fins. Use more silver glitter on your face and in your hair to make yourself look wet.

If your hair is right for it, spray it up into a Mohawk -- preferably blue or black -- to suggest Dory's dorsal fin.

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Jennifer Gigantino has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been published in various venues ranging from the literary magazine "Kill Author" to the rehabilitation website Soberplace. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and digital media from the University of California at Santa Cruz.