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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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Personsalised Superhero Cape and mask dress up costume set
Personsalised Superhero Cape and mask dress up costume set
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Unicorn girls dress, unicorn party fancy dress , girls costume dress for pretend play
Unicorn girls dress, unicorn party fancy dress , girls costume dress for pretend play
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Penguin girls dress up ,penguin toddler dress,Christmas penguin costume
Penguin girls dress up ,penguin toddler dress,Christmas penguin costume
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$52.00 USD
girls robin play dress costume
girls robin play dress costume
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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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$52.00 USD
Fox summer baby romper.
Fox summer baby romper.
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$48.00 USD
Girls Magical Parade Party dress with wings
Girls Magical Parade Party dress with wings
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$52.00 USD
Mouse baby girls romper by Wild Things
Mouse baby girls romper by Wild Things
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$48.00 USD
Pom Pom bear girls pinafore dress
Pom Pom bear girls pinafore dress
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$52.00 USD
Rainbow Party dress for girls in festival unicorn umbrella print
Rainbow Party dress for girls in festival unicorn umbrella print
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$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
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$52.00 USD
Cat Dungaree Kids Dress up
Cat Dungaree Kids Dress up
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$52.00 USD
girls dress in rainbow scallop print
girls dress in rainbow scallop print
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$52.00 USD
Owl girls Dress, girls babies costume
Owl girls Dress, girls babies costume
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$52.00 USD
Christmas Elf Mini Doll personalised craft kit
Christmas Elf Mini Doll personalised craft kit
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$15.00 USD
Raccoon dungaree overall for boys
Raccoon dungaree overall for boys
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Fox girls Dress original play pinafore in orange corduroy
Fox girls Dress original play pinafore in orange corduroy
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$52.00 USD
Girls sunshine printed reversible dress
Girls sunshine printed reversible dress
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$52.00 USD
Express Priority Shipping Note-worldwide
Express Priority Shipping Note-worldwide
wildthingsdresses
$18.00 USD
Fox hat for children
Fox hat for children
wildthingsdresses
$22.00 USD
Tail halloween dress up fox raccoon mouse cat
Tail halloween dress up fox raccoon mouse cat
wildthingsdresses
$22.00 USD
Russian Doll customised pinafore dress
Russian Doll customised pinafore dress
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$52.00 USD
cat hat for children
cat hat for children
wildthingsdresses
$22.00 USD
Girls dress black cat dress up costume
Girls dress black cat dress up costume
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Kaleidoscope rainbow spectrum print glam rock disco glitter dress
Kaleidoscope rainbow spectrum print glam rock disco glitter dress
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Girls pinafore dress with sunshine smiley face in yellow.
Girls pinafore dress with sunshine smiley face in yellow.
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$52.00 USD
Raccoon girls cord pinafore dress , raccoon costume
Raccoon girls cord pinafore dress , raccoon costume
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
craft plush doll kit make your own DIY personalised rag doll
craft plush doll kit make your own DIY personalised rag doll
wildthingsdresses
$20.00 USD
Easter Bunny Doll personalised sewing kit
Easter Bunny Doll personalised sewing kit
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$16.00 USD
Teddy Bear cape dress up jacket in toffee velvet
Teddy Bear cape dress up jacket in toffee velvet
wildthingsdresses
$65.00 USD
Girls dress handmade with summer sunshine and cloud
Girls dress handmade with summer sunshine and cloud
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$50.00 USD
Pink Flower Girls Dress
Pink Flower Girls Dress
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$52.00 USD
Rainbow play tent  teepee
Rainbow play tent teepee
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$190.00 USD
girls dress fox baby dress up
girls dress fox baby dress up
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Ladybird costume Dress
Ladybird costume Dress
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$52.00 USD
Festival rainbow unicorn print pom pom skirt
Festival rainbow unicorn print pom pom skirt
wildthingsdresses
$36.00 USD
Girls Dress in rainbow spectrum print
Girls Dress in rainbow spectrum print
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 USD
Little Badger girls dress
Little Badger girls dress
wildthingsdresses
$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
Girls cat pinafore dress with glitter ears
Girls cat pinafore dress with glitter ears
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
girls dress,baby dress, lion costume,wild things,
girls dress,baby dress, lion costume,wild things,
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Lion dungaree costume
Lion dungaree costume
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Wild Things Gift Card
Wild Things Gift Card
wildthingsdresses
$53.00 USD
Wild Things Gift Card USD
Wild Things Gift Card USD
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 USD
Personalised Super Baby superhero Cape and bonnet set
Personalised Super Baby superhero Cape and bonnet set
wildthingsdresses
$38.00 USD
Magical Unicorn costume coat jacket for children
Magical Unicorn costume coat jacket for children
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$85.00 USD
boys dress up dog, overalls, costume,blue
boys dress up dog, overalls, costume,blue
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$52.00 USD
Girls pinafore dress with sunshine smiley face in yellow.
Girls pinafore dress with sunshine smiley face in yellow.
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$52.00 USD
baby bear baby romper.
baby bear baby romper.
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$48.00 USD
Personsalised Superhero Cape and mask dress up set Superheroine
Personsalised Superhero Cape and mask dress up set Superheroine
wildthingsdresses
$40.00 USD
Easter outfit bunny rabbit girls costume dress
Easter outfit bunny rabbit girls costume dress
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$52.00 USD
Bunny Doll craft kit personalised rag doll
Bunny Doll craft kit personalised rag doll
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$16.00 USD
Bunny character bag
Bunny character bag
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$22.00 USD
Disco girls party dress
Disco girls party dress
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$52.00 USD
Girls Bunny play dress in soft lavender cord with liberty print ears
Girls Bunny play dress in soft lavender cord with liberty print ears
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Tiger costume girls dress-up
Tiger costume girls dress-up
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Brown Bear Girls Dress
Brown Bear Girls Dress
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$52.00 USD
Girls party dress baby party dress for Christmas in purlple starry night fairytale print,sizes 6m,1T,2T,3T,4T,5T,6T
Girls party dress baby party dress for Christmas in purlple starry night fairytale print,sizes 6m,1T,2T,3T,4T,5T,6T
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$52.00 USD
Kids Mermaid tail dress up, mermaid costume, mermaid party outfit
Kids Mermaid tail dress up, mermaid costume, mermaid party outfit
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$35.00 USD
Green flower dress for girls and babies
Green flower dress for girls and babies
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$52.00 USD

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