Back in September I asked the girls what they wanted to be for Halloween so I could get started on their costumes. At first Zoey told me she wanted to be a Rainbow Princess, after hearing Ada say Pink Princess, but a couple of days later I saw her watching the Princess Skateboarder video again on Homer and asked if she wanted to be Princess Skateboarder instead. She immediately latched onto the idea and loved it. Looking back a rainbow princess would’ve been much easier as we still had a rainbow dress from a Costco unicorn costume I bought the previous year that would’ve worked amazingly. That said Prince Skateboarder needed to be made and, as I couldn’t find anything online, I wanted to share what I did in case you’re also looking for ideas for Princess Skateboarder.
This post is a general overview of Zoey’s Princess Skateboarder costume for Halloween 2021. Before posting this I shared four other posts going over how I put together and created the other parts of her costume. Here they are in case you want to learn more about each one of them:
Just a quick aside if you don’t know who Princess Skateboarder is you’re in for a treat. It’s a short two to three minute video on the app Homer. Searching for Princess Skateboard; however, brings up the video on their website so you can easily enjoy the story yourself. In case you haven’t watched it I’ll give you a brief overview. The townspeople around the princess have all fallen asleep except for her. The dragon notices she’s not sleeping and sticks her in a tall tower out of the way. She knows she needs to save everyone so she creates a skateboard from a knight’s shield, two sets of scrolls (wheels on axels), and a necklace. She then gets hurt and tears her dress but won’t give up! She takes apart the knight’s armor behind her gaining a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads and thus makes her safe enough to go skateboarding out of the tower. On the journey to the town she needs to add a sail to her skateboard to cross the moat, using the ripped piece of her dress, and then does tricks to cause the birds flying around her to tweet loudly thus waking up the townspeople and saving the day. It’s adorable!
Anyway when I suggested the idea of Princess Skateboarder to Zoey I wasn’t thinking about how we were going to make each part of the costume come to life. Instead I was remembering how long she’s loved the Princess Skateboarder video and knew that she’d love this costume too. In fact three years ago, after using this very dress to make her a firetruck costume, I had considered tying pink fabric around the dress so Zoey could be Princess Skateboarder around the house although I never did got around to doing it. Zoey was so in love with this costume idea that later, when making her a pumpkin-themed dress, she refused pockets as Princess Skateboarder doesn’t have any.
The Final Costume
With all the pieces done and Halloween approaching it was time to have Zoey try them all on together. Actually, her school needed a photo for their virtual parade so it was the perfect time to get some photos for my blog too. Zoey got to choose her favorite photo for school and I got to have an array of photos of her in her costume. Win for all of us!
With Covid we decided not to trick-or-treat and instead hung out at a friends house were the kids got to search for candies in the backyard and have an awesome time. As such we didn’t need to worry about the accessories being bulky or the helmet covering her eyes as we could simply take it off and leave it in a pile. If we had been trick-or-treating this would have been different.
Going into this I knew the girls were going to dress up for school and as such I wanted to make them each a custom face mask to go with their costumes. I decided on two new masks each and started planning on incorporating the birds I failed to make earlier by adding them to Zoey’s mask. While I was cutting the fabric out Zoey asserted that she wanted to decorate the masks herself but then got bored with the idea after only decorating a small piece of fabric. As Halloween approached I debated just skipping custom masks but remembered how much Zoey still loved her pumpkin mask from the previous Halloween and decided it was worth the trouble.
For Zoey I planned to make two masks that she could, as we originally planned, decorate so I cut out the front and side pieces of the Iris Luckhaus pattern we loved with white woven fabric. For the inner layer I decided to use the Halloween scraps leftover from the previous year. If you’re curious about this mask pattern you can find it here although I previous shared it when I reviewed the three mask patterns I’ve sewn and shared it again while going over the back to school mask caddy I made for the girls. Anyway after cutting out the fabric I gave Zoey the fabric pieces and fabric markers so she could decorate her Halloween masks however she wanted. Then Ada pulled her away to play and Zoey lost interest in the project… leading to me picking it up. I wanted to draw the skateboarding Princess Skateboarder so people might recognize her costume without all the props at school and I wanted to include the birds that helped wake all the townspeople. As such I grabbed two screenshots of the video, one showing her skateboarding and the other showing the birds, and printed them out in various sizes so I could use them to trace the Princess onto the fabric using my light box.
I ended up using the exact same image to add the Princess to either mask but used the smaller version of it for one and the larger version for the other. On the larger version I also added a hint of the ground, birds, and musical notes around her. On the smaller one I sketched in a bit of the background along with the birds. I then took the two side pieces and added birds to two of them making the birds face inward toward the princess. To the other side pieces, including the one with Zoey’s drawing, I added musical notes to match with the rest of the mask and tie in her drawing. Once done I pressed the fabric to set the ink and sewed up the two masks according to the directions.
The girls were able to dress up for school but weren’t allowed to being any accessories that may get lost or distract the kids from learning. This included most of Zoey’s costume. As such I pulled out the tiara and explained to Zoey that she’d have to go to school as Princess Skateboarder before, or after, she saved the town. I worried that the cheap tiara would fall off or distract Zoey so that morning I braided her hair in such a way that the tiara would be secure and comfortable. Although it was hard to get the hair through the tiara I’m glad I did it as Zoey absolutely loved the final look. She also didn’t ask me once throughout the day to take it out showing that it was either comfortable or she just loved it that much. Anyway if you do the same I grabbed a crochet hook at one point to help thread the hair through the holes in the crown. That helped a bit but next time I definitely plan to hunt down a larger crochet hook the night before so it’s way simpler. As a quick aside, if you are planning on attaching something to your child’s head, when Ada was back in kindergarten I used floral wire and pony tail ties to help attach a plastic dinosaur to her head. That said she asked me to take it out the second I picked her up from school.
Although Zoey didn’t really wear her costume with all the accessories for too long I’m glad I made it. She loves the idea of being Princess Skateboarder and I love that I was able to make it happen for her. Who knows… maybe she’ll be asking for a real skateboard at some point and I’ll be recreating a more realistic version of this outfit in the future. That said for now I just hope that she pulls out the pieces to play with every now and then.
Anyway, this is what Zoey was for Halloween this year. What did you, or your kids, dress up as? Was it simpler, harder, more portable than this? I’d love to hear about it so feel free to share in the comments below. I hope you’re having an awesome day.
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