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Sep 19, 2012

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Hello! I’m Kirsty Hartley of Wild Things Dresses. I make fun and colorful little girls dresses here in rural Lancashire, England. I live with my partner and three little wild things who provide me with inspiration.

Wild Things Dresses evolved from the first heirloom dresses I created for my girls, Silva and Lila. Everything is designed and made here in my home studio with the help of my sewing elves, Maria and Rachel. They’re experienced sample makers and costumiers who help during busy times.

When I create, I start with a seed of an idea, which might be a color or simple imagery, and work in a very hands-on kind of way. First, I cut a pattern, and then I play with appliqué or digital print so that each dress has its own character. When the dress is sewn and ready, the photography fun starts.

Everything — from my picture dresses to my creature dresses — is made to excite and inspire little ones’ imaginations, while also being simple and practical. I’m excited about new additions that are coming soon, including funky little coats, hoodies, and Wild Things Boys. Look out for them!

I feel that the clothes I make offer an exciting alternative with soul. They are designed to live and play in; to evoke a sense of fun. The designs are simple, bold and playful, and make getting dressed a much more enjoyable task. Everything possible is sourced locally here in the UK.

It’s in my blood to work creatively, and that’s what really drives me. To create whilst being there for my family is so important to me. I hope to be able to pass this creative spirit and sense of ambition on to my wild things, too.

Working with Etsy means I can remain in control of my creative destiny, whilst managing my young family. Reaching a global audience whilst remaining true to my roots has been really important to me. Etsy provides a support network and launch platform for global creative talent. For me, the endless support from like-minded Etsy designers has been invaluable.

Owl dress photograph by Jenny Narvainen; all others by Wild Things Dresses.

A special thanks to Sarah @DollsAndDaydreams, Nina Van de goor @Ninainvorm, and Jennifer Moore of Monaluna.

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Unicorn costume play dress up pinafore by Wild Things
Unicorn costume play dress up pinafore by Wild Things
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Doll craft kit make your own DIY personalised rag doll
Doll craft kit make your own DIY personalised rag doll
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Butterfly Cape and mask set dress up set
Butterfly Cape and mask set dress up set
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$38.00 USD
girls robin dress costume
girls robin dress costume
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$52.00 USD
Tiger dungaree costume
Tiger dungaree costume
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$52.00 USD
Bunny Rabbit Dress up Cape
Bunny Rabbit Dress up Cape
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$65.00 USD
Superhero Cape and mask set dress up set
Superhero Cape and mask set dress up set
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$38.00 USD
Wise Owl cape and mask fancy dress
Wise Owl cape and mask fancy dress
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$38.00 USD
Owl Dress girls babies costume in aqua
Owl Dress girls babies costume in aqua
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$52.00 USD
Girls cat pinafore dress with glitter ears
Girls cat pinafore dress with glitter ears
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$55.00 USD
Bunny Rabbit cape costume handmade in toffee velvet
Bunny Rabbit cape costume handmade in toffee velvet
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$65.00 USD
Dragon Wings Cape and Mask set dress up set
Dragon Wings Cape and Mask set dress up set
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$38.00 USD
Rainbow bird cape and mask fancy dress
Rainbow bird cape and mask fancy dress
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$38.00 USD
Fox Dress costume play pinafore in orange corduroy
Fox Dress costume play pinafore in orange corduroy
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$52.00 USD
Easter outfit bunny rabbit girls costume dress
Easter outfit bunny rabbit girls costume dress
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$52.00 USD
Mini Doll craft kit make your own DIY personalised mini doll kit superhero, Christmas Elf
Mini Doll craft kit make your own DIY personalised mini doll kit superhero, Christmas Elf
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$15.00 USD
craft plush doll kit make your own DIY personalised rag doll
craft plush doll kit make your own DIY personalised rag doll
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$20.00 USD
Girls Dress in rainbow spectrum print
Girls Dress in rainbow spectrum print
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$52.00 USD
Raccoon dungaree overall for boys
Raccoon dungaree overall for boys
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$52.00 USD
wild things fox hat for children
wild things fox hat for children
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$22.00 USD
Wild Things to Make Sewing Book Signed Copy make kids clothes and animal costumes teepee slippers sewing patterns
Wild Things to Make Sewing Book Signed Copy make kids clothes and animal costumes teepee slippers sewing patterns
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$24.00 USD
Bunny Rabbit  dress with British Liberty print trim
Bunny Rabbit dress with British Liberty print trim
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$52.00 USD
Halloween Dragon dungaree kids dress up costume.
Halloween Dragon dungaree kids dress up costume.
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$52.00 USD
Cat cape costume dress up handmade black velvet
Cat cape costume dress up handmade black velvet
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$60.00 USD
Badger baby girls romper
Badger baby girls romper
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$48.00 USD
Cat cape costume handmade in black velvet
Cat cape costume handmade in black velvet
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$65.00 USD
girls dress fox baby dress up
girls dress fox baby dress up
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$52.00 USD
Puppet Theatre Personalised doorway theatre in circus Wild Things print with optional  hand puppets
Puppet Theatre Personalised doorway theatre in circus Wild Things print with optional hand puppets
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$110.00 USD
Rainbow coat jacket for toddlers,children in rich blue moleskin
Rainbow coat jacket for toddlers,children in rich blue moleskin
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$90.00 USD
Christmas Elf Mini Doll personalised craft kit
Christmas Elf Mini Doll personalised craft kit
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$15.00 USD
Snowman Girls Dress
Snowman Girls Dress
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$52.00 USD
Pink Flower Girls Dress
Pink Flower Girls Dress
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$52.00 USD
fox dungaree costume for children
fox dungaree costume for children
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$52.00 USD
Red riding hood cape jacket
Red riding hood cape jacket
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$65.00 USD
Unicorn horn headband
Unicorn horn headband
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$15.00 USD
Tiger costume dress-up
Tiger costume dress-up
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Baby Mouse dress up play dress in grey
Baby Mouse dress up play dress in grey
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$52.00 USD
fox dress for baby girls for summer and weddings
fox dress for baby girls for summer and weddings
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$50.00 USD
Kaleidoscope rainbow spectrum print glam rock disco glitter dress
Kaleidoscope rainbow spectrum print glam rock disco glitter dress
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$52.00 USD
girls dress,baby dress, lion costume,wild things,
girls dress,baby dress, lion costume,wild things,
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$52.00 USD
Girls cat dress
Girls cat dress
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$52.00 USD
swan princess fairytale glitter pinafore dress in pink cord for little girls and babies
swan princess fairytale glitter pinafore dress in pink cord for little girls and babies
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$52.00 USD
star burst navy pinafore glitter dress
star burst navy pinafore glitter dress
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$52.00 USD
Owl Dress, girls babies costume
Owl Dress, girls babies costume
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$52.00 USD
fox romper for baby girls in mint
fox romper for baby girls in mint
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$50.00 USD
Shark dungaree childrens Halloween dress up overalls by Wild Things
Shark dungaree childrens Halloween dress up overalls by Wild Things
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$52.00 USD
Panda girls play dress
Panda girls play dress
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$52.00 USD
Reindeeer Dungaree Overalls for Children
Reindeeer Dungaree Overalls for Children
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$52.00 USD
Gingerbread man girls dress
Gingerbread man girls dress
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$50.00 USD
girls dress rainbow raindrops cloud grey pinafore
girls dress rainbow raindrops cloud grey pinafore
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$52.00 USD
Childs bunny ears messenger bag
Childs bunny ears messenger bag
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$28.00 USD
Star Gazer coat jacket for toddlers,children in navy moleskin
Star Gazer coat jacket for toddlers,children in navy moleskin
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$90.00 USD
Puppy Dog Girls dress
Puppy Dog Girls dress
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$52.00 USD
Penguin girls dress
Penguin girls dress
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$55.00 USD
Unicorn costume play dress up pinafore by Wild Things
Unicorn costume play dress up pinafore by Wild Things
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$52.00 USD
Baby Mouse dress up play dress in soft lavender cord with glitter ears
Baby Mouse dress up play dress in soft lavender cord with glitter ears
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$52.00 USD
Angel wings dress up cape set nativity costume
Angel wings dress up cape set nativity costume
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$38.00 USD
Mouse cape dress up jacket in grey velvet
Mouse cape dress up jacket in grey velvet
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$60.00 USD
Wild Things bear hat in brown moleskin with applique ears and face
Wild Things bear hat in brown moleskin with applique ears and face
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$22.00 USD
Girls dress handmade with summer sunshine and cloud
Girls dress handmade with summer sunshine and cloud
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$50.00 USD

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