Do you remember when I took the kids to Universal Studios, Orlando over the summer?

Well, while we were there I told each of the kids I would buy them a souvenir to bring home. Of course Marisol chose the biggest unicorn from the Despicable Me store that she could possibly find … yes “It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!” She naturally named it ‘Fluffy’. 

So, come time to decide what elaborate costumes I have to make for Halloween, she decided that she just had to be Agnes so she could go trick-or-treating with Fluffy. I must say I was just a wee bit excited about this, because I knew that very little actual work would need to be done by me for this one.

Despicable Me 'Agnes' semi-homemade costume
Thankfully all this costume needed was:

  • Overalls
  • White sneakers
  • Yellow socks
  • Yellow striped t-shirt
  • Red scrunchie
  • Black hair spray
  • Brown face paint – or you could use an eyeliner or lip liner
  • Unicorn

Obviously though there was a little crafting to be done. How many pairs of overalls have you seen with red buttons on them, and trying to find the pre-striped t-shirt was all but impossible.

Let’s start with the overalls.

They came with a traditional buckle which just wasn’t going to do. I removed those, hemmed the bottom of the shoulder strap, hand-stitched a buttonhole and then stitched on a large red button.

Despicable Me 'Agnes' semi-homemade costume
Note: Agnes’ overalls have a red button with four holes for criss-cross stitches in white.

Now, the t-shirt.

All you need is:

  • Yellow t-shirt
  • Fabric paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Tape – I used the Duck Brand ‘Ducklings’ tape, which peels off fabric really easily
  • Something to place inside the shirt to protect it

Make stripes on the t-shirt using the tape and paint in-between. Simple, right?

Note: Don’t forget to put a piece of cardboard (or whatever else you have on hand) inside the shirt so the paint doesn’t go through the fabric to the other side.

Despicable Me 'Agnes' semi-homemade costume
The hardest part of this costume, was her hair. It took 1 1/2 bottles of black spray and a ton of regular hairspray to get her hair to stand straight up in the hair. Thankfully though it washed out very easily.

The final touch to the costume was a few extra freckles on her face.

Despicable Me 'Agnes' semi-homemade costume
Despicable Me 'Agnes' semi-homemade costume
She absolutely loves her costume.

Despicable Me 'Agnes' semi-homemade costume
She wore her new Agnes costume during the past week to the school Halloween bash and was thrilled to win the 2nd grade costume contest, and for those who know Miss M and how shy she is, it took a lot of courage for her to enter. She was a little embarrassed though that lots of the local high school girls who were volunteering at the event kept asking if they could take photos with her.

Despicable Me 'Agnes' semi-homemade costume
Check out Agnes on Fox 5 San Diego morning news.

 

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12 comments

Jamie Carter October 26, 2013 - 8:52 pm

so cute!! i love homemade costumes. (especially when they don’t require a sewing machine)

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Bre October 28, 2013 - 9:22 am

Oh my goodness! She is darling! And getting sooooo big ๐Ÿ™ Tell Marisol that Payten loves her costume!!

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Katherine Marie October 28, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Adorably sweet!! Love her precious smile! You details always amaze me!

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Dina October 28, 2013 - 7:47 pm

This is great!

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Tonya Staab October 28, 2013 - 8:16 pm

Thank you Dina. She is going to be on our local morning news program tomorrow showing it off (Fox 5 San Diego).

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Tonya Staab October 28, 2013 - 8:16 pm

Oh Bre, I miss you so much. You need to send me a photo of the kids. I will tell her :).

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Bre October 29, 2013 - 9:16 am

I miss you too, Tonya….very much!! ๐Ÿ™ If you guys see Brad Will at Fox 5 tell him you are friends of ours. He is Josh’s best friend and a great family friend of ours. He’s Uncle Brad to my kids…lol. Anyway, I will send you a pic of my kiddos. They are all growing up way too fast. We need to get together next time we are in San Diego. We were just there a few weeks ago for the kids bdays. Give your lovelies hugs for me!!

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Tonya Staab October 29, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Oh man, I wish I had have read this before I went, I would have said hello.

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Tonya Staab October 29, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Thank you so much, that means a lot coming from you :).

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Tonya Staab October 29, 2013 - 12:44 pm

oh yes, not having to use a sewing machine is a huge plus for me too … I'd have to find it first on my craft table, and don't even get me started on threading it.

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J October 24, 2018 - 10:41 am

Can you share a little more about how exactly you got the hair to stand straight up?

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Tonya Staab October 24, 2018 - 11:28 am

Hi Jackie. Tie the hair into a very high ponytail on top of the head. Brush the hair upward and spray using an ultra hold hairspray. Use a hand towel or paper towels to shield the skin when spraying the black hairspray over the top. Once dry add the red scrunchie.ย 

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