TRAVELING with a map // kid's clothes week

kcw inspiration: traveling with a map

Hi there! I’m Maria, I have a little blog called My Cozy Co, but today I’m here to captivate you with some great inspiration for the season theme.  During the phase of brainstorming to write this post, the idea of maps as source of inspiration was definitely the topic that caught my eye.  Before having kids I used to make maps to earn the bread AKA it was my full time job for many years and I enjoyed it lots because fulfilled  both sides of my brain (research + art=Fun).

I believe maps are a very important part of travelling.   I know now we have GPS (Global Positioning System), but the old paper map always will be handy.  Not only to give you info about where you are, but also it gives you a better sense of the whole landscape.   How we can translate maps into Kids clothes? Well, bear with me and you will see.

Using vintage and modern maps:

Very much in trend for this summer is the use of fabric with the entire globe printed. You could choose between very modern and old style maps to make any kind of garment for your kids.  From t- shirts to dresses, skirts, trousers and even a rain coat would be fun!

Using Vintage ad modern maps

 1A-form dress : “Mapa-mundi” by Anna Bianchi  –Pattern suggestion: Debbie’s Birthday Dress pattern by Sewpony Vintage. 2. Map Skirt by Miszkomaszko 3. Het “In stijl op reis!” – kleedje! – Pattern Suggestion: Caroline Party Dress by Welcome to the Mouse House 4. Vintage Map Trousers by Alvierio Martini –Pattern suggestion: The Morocco Pants and Shorts by Petit à Petit and family 5Double Layer Ruffle Skirt by Skirt Fixation 6. Croco Map Print Tee by Mini Rodini –Pattern suggestion: Rowan Tee by Titchy Threads

I did a search for fabrics also and these are among my favorites:

Suggested fabrics maps

 1Manhattan’s Dawn by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics 2Passport London Map Black/White by Moda Fabrics 3Vintage Map of the World Fabric 4. World map 5Barcelona  City Map by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic. Moda Fabrics 6Boston watercolor map fabric

Using cartography features:

To expand further on my love of maps, here are some more subtle inspiration related with maps and map making. Satellite imagery is widely used as a source in the making of maps, Gingham fabric remind me to map grids (Latitude/Longitude) or even a city map. While the topographic lines show the heights above the sea level or the depth under the sea level.

Cartographic features

1. Due Fashion digitally printed tops Pattern Suggestion: Tumble Tee by Imagine Gnats 2Gingham  dress by Petit à Petit and family  3The Ava sleepsack  by straightgrain 

Some fabrics for delight and use maps in subtle way:

Suggested fabrics cartographic features

1. Campeche Satellite images  2. Kokka Nani Iro Japanese Fabric Painting Check  3ocean depth map 

 If you are going to incorporate maps in your creations for this season, a fabric with printed maps is not the only option. What about using paint fabric and stencils , appliques made with contrasting fabric/patchwork or print your own maps/ images you can download from the USGS website (for Satellite imagery) or the graphics Fairy (free royalty vintage maps) and attach them to a T-shirt?.

What do you think? Have I persuade you to use maps in your Kids Clothes this season? I hope so and I’m looking forward to see what you make!

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  • Reply Renee //nearestthepin June 10, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Lovely post Maria! How cool that you have such an association with maps. I love this theme – you have really got me thinking….:)

  • Reply Annika June 10, 2015 at 7:37 am

    What a fun post. totally inspired now to make some map-y jeans. Only missing the time to do so 🙁 Btw, congrats Maria for being on the KCW team this time!

  • Reply Maria June 10, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you Renee and Annika! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the post!

  • Reply jenny June 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Wow Maria what a super inspiring post!

  • Reply Sara June 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Maps!! You are a genius… It is such a cool idea for this theme and I love maps! Thank you for the great inspiration Maria!

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  • Reply Laura - Behind the Hedgerow June 11, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Beautiful choices – such fabulous inspiration! 

  • Reply Maria June 13, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you Sara and Laura. Was lots of fun collecting the ideas! I hope to see lots of map during the week 🙂

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