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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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Owl Dress girls babies costume in aqua
Owl Dress girls babies costume in aqua
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
fox dungaree costume for children
fox dungaree costume for children
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$52.00 USD
Cat cape costume handmade in black velvet
Cat cape costume handmade in black velvet
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$65.00 USD
Rainbow bird cape and mask fancy dress
Rainbow bird cape and mask fancy dress
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$38.00 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
Mouse cape dress up jacket in grey velvet
Mouse cape dress up jacket in grey velvet
wildthingsdresses
$60.00 USD
Wise Owl cape and mask fancy dress
Wise Owl cape and mask fancy dress
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$38.00 USD
Butterfly Cape and mask set dress up set
Butterfly Cape and mask set dress up set
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$38.00 USD
Personsalised Superhero Cape and mask set dress up set Superheroine
Personsalised Superhero Cape and mask set dress up set Superheroine
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$38.00 USD
Blue puppy dog dungaree costume.
Blue puppy dog dungaree costume.
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$52.00 USD
Rainbow coat jacket for toddlers,children in rich blue moleskin
Rainbow coat jacket for toddlers,children in rich blue moleskin
wildthingsdresses
$90.00 USD
Fox summer baby romper.
Fox summer baby romper.
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$48.00 USD
Little girls party dress- gnome print
Little girls party dress- gnome print
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Green flower dress for girls and babies
Green flower dress for girls and babies
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Reindeeer Dungaree Overalls for Children
Reindeeer Dungaree Overalls for Children
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$52.00 USD
Polar Bear Girls Dress
Polar Bear Girls Dress
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Girls pinafore dress with sunshine smiley face in yellow.
Girls pinafore dress with sunshine smiley face in yellow.
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Little Badger girls dress
Little Badger girls dress
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Wild Things Funky Little Clothes to Sew Sewing Book Signed Copy
Wild Things Funky Little Clothes to Sew Sewing Book Signed Copy
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$24.00 USD
Snowman Girls Dress
Snowman Girls Dress
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
girls dress rainbow raindrops cloud grey pinafore
girls dress rainbow raindrops cloud grey pinafore
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Girls cat dress
Girls cat dress
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Tiger dungaree costume
Tiger dungaree costume
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Fox Dress original play pinafore in orange corduroy
Fox Dress original play pinafore in orange corduroy
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Girls cat pinafore dress with glitter ears
Girls cat pinafore dress with glitter ears
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Cat Dungaree Kids Dress up
Cat Dungaree Kids Dress up
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Kids Mermaid tail dress up, mermaid costume, mermaid party outfit
Kids Mermaid tail dress up, mermaid costume, mermaid party outfit
wildthingsdresses
$35.00 USD
Unicorn costume play dress up pinafore by Wild Things
Unicorn costume play dress up pinafore by Wild Things
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Fox dungaree, fox costume, fox toddler overalls for inaginative play
Fox dungaree, fox costume, fox toddler overalls for inaginative play
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Raccoon hat for children by Wild Things
Raccoon hat for children by Wild Things
wildthingsdresses
$22.00 USD
Raccoon dungaree overall for boys
Raccoon dungaree overall for boys
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Mouse dungaree dress up in grey
Mouse dungaree dress up in grey
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 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
$52.00 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
wildthingsdresses
$26.00 USD
Girls Dress in rainbow summer festival print
Girls Dress in rainbow summer festival print
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Penguin girls dress
Penguin girls dress
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
girls dress fox baby dress up
girls dress fox baby dress up
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Girls pinafore dress with sunshine smiley face in yellow.
Girls pinafore dress with sunshine smiley face in yellow.
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Festival rainbow unicorn print pom pom skirt
Festival rainbow unicorn print pom pom skirt
wildthingsdresses
$36.00 USD
boys dress up dog, overalls, costume,blue
boys dress up dog, overalls, costume,blue
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Easter outfit bunny rabbit girls costume dress
Easter outfit bunny rabbit girls costume dress
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Girls mouse animal dungaree dress , mouse costume, handmade in the UK
Girls mouse animal dungaree dress , mouse costume, handmade in the UK
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Toddler Boys Bear Dungaree Overalls
Toddler Boys Bear Dungaree Overalls
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Flower pot girls dress with smiley face.
Flower pot girls dress with smiley face.
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$52.00 USD
giraffe costume girls dress
giraffe costume girls dress
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$52.00 USD
Magical Unicorn costume coat jacket for children
Magical Unicorn costume coat jacket for children
wildthingsdresses
$85.00 USD
Tiger costume dress-up
Tiger costume dress-up
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Lion dungaree costume
Lion dungaree costume
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
baby bear baby romper.
baby bear baby romper.
wildthingsdresses
$48.00 USD
Bunny character bag
Bunny character bag
wildthingsdresses
$22.00 USD
wild things fox hat for children
wild things fox hat for children
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$22.00 USD
Girls Dress in rainbow spectrum print
Girls Dress in rainbow spectrum print
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 USD
Red riding hood cape jacket
Red riding hood cape jacket
wildthingsdresses
$65.00 USD
baby girls lamb dress
baby girls lamb dress
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Bunny play dress in soft lavender cord with liberty print ears
Bunny play dress in soft lavender cord with liberty print ears
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Kaleidascope Disco party dress
Kaleidascope Disco party dress
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Bunny Rabbit cape costume handmade in toffee velvet
Bunny Rabbit cape costume handmade in toffee velvet
wildthingsdresses
$65.00 USD
Baby Girl Pink Summer Dress set
Baby Girl Pink Summer Dress set
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$45.00 USD
Girls dress handmade with summer sunshine and cloud
Girls dress handmade with summer sunshine and cloud
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$50.00 USD
girls robin dress costume
girls robin dress costume
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$52.00 USD

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