How to make a dory costume

Updated November 21, 2016

Dory is the lovable but forgetful Blue Tang that appears as Marlin's sidekick in the 2003 Pixar animated film "Finding Nemo." In the film, Dory is voiced by Ellen DeGeneres and suffers from short-term memory loss -- though she is the only multilingual fish character and her talents get the pair out of many scrapes. Her positivity and unflagging good cheer makes her a great role model for children, even if she is a fish.

Looking at a picture of Dory for reference, paint her black patterns over the hood, back and sides of the blue sweatshirt. 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 centres 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 centre 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. Do your make-up to match -- heavy blue and black eyeliner to suggest Dory's scale patterns, with yellow accents. 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.

Things You'll Need

  • Blue hooded sweatshirt
  • Black paint
  • Silver glitter
  • Scissors
  • Gauzy yellow fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Blue trousers or skirt and tights
  • Yellow shoes
  • Blue, black and yellow make-up
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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.