TRAVELING modes of transportation // kid's clothes week

kcw inspiration: modes of transportation

Hello, there!  I’m Audrey and my daughters and I blog over at Skirt Fixation.  If you already guessed we blog mostly about skirts, you’re right!  We also blog about all our crazy sewing adventures.  The girls and I are thrilled to be contributing to Kids Clothes Week.

My very favorite thing about the “Traveling” theme is how well it works for boys!  Besides my 3 daughters, I also have 4 sons, and they get the short end of the stick when it comes to my sewing endeavors.  Today I’m going to (try to) get your heart racing with modes of transportation ideas across fabric, patterns, and embellishments!  Let’s start with the easy-peasy; fabric.

Kids Clothes Week Fabric Inspiration

1.  Got Dirt fabric panel  2. Airplane fabric  3. Hot Air Balloon fabric   4.  Vintage camper fabric   5.  Echino scooters

One very easy and fun way to incorporate the traveling them into your Kids Clothes Week creations is to use transportation fabric.  Construction vehicles roll across the front of many ready-to-wear t-shirts, why not put the (sewing machine) pedal to the metal and make one?  Above the earth, airplanes ferry thousands of vacationers to their final destinations.  Some journey in campers, taking many comforts from home with them.  Others slow down and take it easy, floating along in a hot air balloon!  If traveling alone floats your boat, why not trek in style on a scooter?

Pattern Inspiration for Kids Clothes Week

1. Moto Jacket sewn by Melly Sews for Stylo, pattern by Go To Patterns  2.  Oliver+S Sailboat pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation using Passport Blueprint fabric     3.  Aviator Pants  4.  Haven Acres Mini Collection  5.  Motorcycle pants sewn by Max California

A little more subtle way to integrate the traveling theme into your Kids Clothes Week activities is through patterns.  A moto jacket fits the season for those of you in the southern hemisphere.  The Oliver+S sailboat top and skirt (or pants) pattern will have your little sailor hoisting the sails in style.  Their excitement will soar at a new pair of aviator pants.  Or how about some motorcycle pants (hacked from the Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern) for cruising?  If you have a horse lover in your family, like I do, the Haven Acres Mini Collection will have them moving along at a  gallop.

Transportation embellishment inspiration for Kids Clothes Week

1.  Airplane buttons  2. Train Shirt  Pattern suggestion Oliver+S Fieldtrip raglan tee  3. Automobile footprint art  Pattern Suggestion: Classic Ringer Tee from Peekaboo Pattern Shop  4.  Submarine baseball tee tutorial from Make It-Love It  5.  Race Car shirt tutorial from Sugar Bee Crafts  6.  Inkodye rocket ship tutorial  Pattern suggestion: Norah dress from Mouse House Creations

Maybe you’re in the running for some extra special transportation fun?  If you want to go above and beyond, try a sun print rocket ship dress.  Or stay beneath the radar with a submarine appliquéd t-shirt.  For a little humor and irony, combine a fabric paint footprint (the original mode of transportation) with some stenciled or freehand art on a custom transportation t-shirt they’ll love!  Those cute little airplane buttons would button them up perfectly.  The ultimate way to use the transportation theme would be an interactive race car shirt which would keep them busy during the trip as well!  An iron-on transferred train would be quick and right on track with the traveling theme.

I hope you’ve been inspired by these ways to use the transportation part of the traveling theme during Kids Clothes Week.  (And I hope you weren’t too annoyed by all the travel relate puns!)  Will you be using any of these ideas during kids clothes week?  I certainly have all sorts of plans now and hope you do too!

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  • Reply Jenny June 11, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Great ideas Audrey! I’m sure I’ll be referring back to this post later!

  • Reply Lightning McStitch June 12, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Not a single bicycle?! Audrey, what were you thinking?! 🙂
    Cute post. I love boy sewing and stencilling diggers on toddler t-shirts is surprisingly good fun!

    • Reply Audrey June 12, 2015 at 7:38 am

      I had a bicycle SKIRT in my original lineup, but Meg covered that one beautifully in her post on the Oliver+S blog, so I had to disappoint you bicycle fans this time! 

  • Reply Maria June 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Great post and ideas!  I certainly would love to make a t shirt and use stencil .

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