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Sep 19, 2012

by wildthingsdresses

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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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Girls Dress in rainbow spectrum print
Girls Dress in rainbow spectrum print
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
owl baby girls summer dress
owl baby girls summer dress
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Fox dungaree costume overalls for children in soft orange cotton
Fox dungaree costume overalls for children in soft orange cotton
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$55.00 USD
Unicorn dress up play dress
Unicorn dress up play dress
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Butterfly Cape and mask set dress up set
Butterfly Cape and mask set dress up set
wildthingsdresses
$40.00 USD
Rainbow coat jacket for toddlers,children in blue moleskin
Rainbow coat jacket for toddlers,children in blue moleskin
wildthingsdresses
$90.00 USD
BEE-Girls Dress-yellow & black cotton corduroy-Sizes 6m-1t-2t-3t-4t-5t-6t
BEE-Girls Dress-yellow & black cotton corduroy-Sizes 6m-1t-2t-3t-4t-5t-6t
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Penguin girls dress
Penguin girls dress
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Rainbow bird cape and mask fancy dress
Rainbow bird cape and mask fancy dress
wildthingsdresses
$40.00 USD
Snowman Girls Dress
Snowman Girls Dress
wildthingsdresses
$62.00 USD
fox dungaree costume for children
fox dungaree costume for children
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Girls sunshine printed reversible dress
Girls sunshine printed reversible dress
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Puppy Dog Girls dress
Puppy Dog Girls dress
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Polar Bear Girls Dress
Polar Bear Girls Dress
wildthingsdresses
$70.00 USD
Tail halloween dress up fox raccoon mouse cat
Tail halloween dress up fox raccoon mouse cat
wildthingsdresses
$20.00 USD
Shark dungaree childrens dress up overalls by Wild Things
Shark dungaree childrens dress up overalls by Wild Things
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Girls cat dress
Girls cat dress
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
star burst navy pinafore glitter dress
star burst navy pinafore glitter dress
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Baby Mouse dress up play dress in grey
Baby Mouse dress up play dress in grey
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Girls Fox Dress costume
Girls Fox Dress costume
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Girls Dress Russian Doll customised pinafore
Girls Dress Russian Doll customised pinafore
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Bunny Rabbit  dress with British Liberty print trim
Bunny Rabbit dress with British Liberty print trim
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Wild Things Max Felt Crown Tiara
Wild Things Max Felt Crown Tiara
wildthingsdresses
$12.00 USD
girls dress,baby dress, lion costume,wild things,
girls dress,baby dress, lion costume,wild things,
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Superhero Cape and mask set dress up set
Superhero Cape and mask set dress up set
wildthingsdresses
$40.00 USD
girls dress fox baby dress up
girls dress fox baby dress up
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Bunny rabbit kids dress up hat in Liberty pink
Bunny rabbit kids dress up hat in Liberty pink
wildthingsdresses
$25.00 USD
Bunny Rabbit Dress up Cape
Bunny Rabbit Dress up Cape
wildthingsdresses
$75.00 USD
Cat cape costume dress up handmade black velvet
Cat cape costume dress up handmade black velvet
wildthingsdresses
$75.00 USD
Wise Owl cape and mask fancy dress
Wise Owl cape and mask fancy dress
wildthingsdresses
$40.00 USD
Childrens wild things mouse hat in grey cord with applique ears and face
Childrens wild things mouse hat in grey cord with applique ears and face
wildthingsdresses
$25.00 USD
Girls pinafore dress with sunshine smiley face in yellow.
Girls pinafore dress with sunshine smiley face in yellow.
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Dragon costume coat jacket for toddlers,children Halloween
Dragon costume coat jacket for toddlers,children Halloween
wildthingsdresses
$100.00 USD
Bunny rabbit kids costume hat
Bunny rabbit kids costume hat
wildthingsdresses
$25.00 USD
Dragon dinosaur tail costume
Dragon dinosaur tail costume
wildthingsdresses
$22.00 USD
Raccoon dungaree overall for boys
Raccoon dungaree overall for boys
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
circus romper for baby girls
circus romper for baby girls
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 USD
Brown Bear Girls Dress
Brown Bear Girls Dress
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
fox dress for baby girls for summer and weddings
fox dress for baby girls for summer and weddings
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Tiger dungaree costume
Tiger dungaree costume
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Dragon monster dress up fancy dress costume.
Dragon monster dress up fancy dress costume.
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Unicorn horn headband
Unicorn horn headband
wildthingsdresses
$15.00 USD
Little girls dolly house pocket pinafore dress in blue cord
Little girls dolly house pocket pinafore dress in blue cord
wildthingsdresses
$60.00 USD
Koala bear girls dress baby costume handmade  in grey cord
Koala bear girls dress baby costume handmade in grey cord
wildthingsdresses
$62.00 USD
girls robin dress costume
girls robin dress costume
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Bunny Rabbit dungaree overalls for children.
Bunny Rabbit dungaree overalls for children.
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
cat hat for children
cat hat for children
wildthingsdresses
$25.00 USD
Teddy Bear cape dress up jacket in toffee velvet
Teddy Bear cape dress up jacket in toffee velvet
wildthingsdresses
$75.00 USD
Easter Bunny Doll personalised sewing kit
Easter Bunny Doll personalised sewing kit
wildthingsdresses
$20.00 USD
Yellow Flower Collar Girls Dress in cotton canvas 60's style
Yellow Flower Collar Girls Dress in cotton canvas 60's style
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Baby Girl Pink Summer Dress set
Baby Girl Pink Summer Dress set
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Tiger costume dress-up
Tiger costume dress-up
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
fox dress up coat jacket in orange
fox dress up coat jacket in orange
wildthingsdresses
$100.00 USD
Toddler Boys Bear Dungaree Overalls
Toddler Boys Bear Dungaree Overalls
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Cape and mask set dress up
Cape and mask set dress up
wildthingsdresses
$40.00 USD
Little Badger girls dress
Little Badger girls dress
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Mouse cape dress up jacket in grey velvet
Mouse cape dress up jacket in grey velvet
wildthingsdresses
$75.00 USD
wild things fox hat for children
wild things fox hat for children
wildthingsdresses
$25.00 USD
Badger baby girls romper
Badger baby girls romper
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Bunny Doll craft kit personalised rag doll
Bunny Doll craft kit personalised rag doll
wildthingsdresses
$20.00 USD

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