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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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Kaleidascope Disco party dress
Kaleidascope Disco party dress
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$52.00 USD
boys rainbow party shirt
boys rainbow party shirt
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Rainbow bird cape and mask fancy dress
Rainbow bird cape and mask fancy dress
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$38.00 USD
Pink Flower Girls Dress
Pink Flower Girls Dress
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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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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
Fox hat for children
Fox hat for children
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$22.00 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
Bear Costume Childrens coat jacket
Bear Costume Childrens coat jacket
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$100.00 USD
Girls Pony Dress costume pony overalls
Girls Pony Dress costume pony overalls
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$52.00 USD
Little girls party dress- gnome print
Little girls party dress- gnome print
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$52.00 USD
Toddler Boys Bear Dungaree Overalls
Toddler Boys Bear Dungaree Overalls
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$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
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$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
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$20.00 USD
Bunny rabbit kids dress up hat in Liberty pink
Bunny rabbit kids dress up hat in Liberty pink
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$22.00 USD
Unicorn dress for pretend play, unicorn party fancy dress
Unicorn dress for pretend play, unicorn party fancy dress
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$52.00 USD
Rainbow play tent  teepee
Rainbow play tent teepee
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$190.00 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
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
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
fox dungaree costume for children
fox dungaree costume for children
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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
Puppy Dog Girls dress
Puppy Dog Girls dress
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$52.00 USD
Girls sunshine printed reversible dress
Girls sunshine printed reversible dress
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$52.00 USD
Dragon rainbow shortall short dungaree kids dress up costume.
Dragon rainbow shortall short dungaree kids dress up costume.
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$52.00 USD
Badger baby girls romper
Badger baby girls romper
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$48.00 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
baby bear baby romper.
baby bear baby romper.
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$48.00 USD
Tiger costume dress-up
Tiger costume dress-up
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Panda girls play dress
Panda girls play dress
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$52.00 USD
Fox Dress original play pinafore in orange corduroy
Fox Dress original play pinafore in orange corduroy
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$52.00 USD
Owl Dress girls babies costume in aqua
Owl Dress girls babies costume in aqua
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$52.00 USD
Wise Owl cape and mask fancy dress
Wise Owl cape and mask fancy dress
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$38.00 USD
Festival rainbow unicorn print pom pom skirt
Festival rainbow unicorn print pom pom skirt
wildthingsdresses
$36.00 USD
Yellow Flower Collar Girls Dress in cotton canvas 60's style
Yellow Flower Collar Girls Dress in cotton canvas 60's style
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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.
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Girls cat dress
Girls cat dress
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Purple velvet Christmas party cape with dress set (optional)
Purple velvet Christmas party cape with dress set (optional)
wildthingsdresses
$65.00 USD
wild things fox hat for children
wild things fox hat for children
wildthingsdresses
$22.00 USD
Lion dungaree costume
Lion dungaree costume
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Baby girls flower romper in Liberty print cotton lawn
Baby girls flower romper in Liberty print cotton lawn
wildthingsdresses
$48.00 USD
Baby Girl rainbow Mermaid Summer Dress set
Baby Girl rainbow Mermaid Summer Dress set
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$45.00 USD
girls rainbow scallop print dress
girls rainbow scallop print dress
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$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 Duckling Dress
Girls Duckling Dress
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$52.00 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
Bunny Rabbit  dress with British Liberty print trim
Bunny Rabbit dress with British Liberty print trim
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$52.00 USD
circus romper for baby girls
circus romper for baby girls
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$50.00 USD
Fox summer baby romper.
Fox summer baby romper.
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$48.00 USD
Cape and mask set dress up
Cape and mask set dress up
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$38.00 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
Hello Sunshine yellow dress for girls and babies
Hello Sunshine yellow dress for girls and babies
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$52.00 USD
cat hat for children
cat hat for children
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$22.00 USD
Tail halloween dress up fox raccoon mouse cat
Tail halloween dress up fox raccoon mouse cat
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$22.00 USD
Bunny Rabbit dungaree overalls for children.
Bunny Rabbit dungaree overalls for children.
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$52.00 USD
Ladybird costume Dress
Ladybird costume Dress
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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
butterfly dress up romper for baby girls
butterfly dress up romper for baby girls
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$48.00 USD
Unicorn horn head band hair accessory
Unicorn horn head band hair accessory
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$15.00 USD

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