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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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Girls Dress in rainbow spectrum print
Girls Dress in rainbow spectrum print
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$55.00 USD
owl baby girls summer dress
owl baby girls summer dress
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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
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$55.00 USD
butterfly dress up romper for baby girls
butterfly dress up romper for baby girls
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$50.00 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
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$55.00 USD
Rainbow play tent  teepee custom listing for Elisha
Rainbow play tent teepee custom listing for Elisha
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$160.00 USD
Reindeeer Dungaree Overalls for Children
Reindeeer Dungaree Overalls for Children
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$55.00 USD
Snowman Girls Dress
Snowman Girls Dress
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$62.00 USD
Butterfly Cape and mask set dress up set
Butterfly Cape and mask set dress up set
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$40.00 USD
Blue puppy dog dungaree costume.
Blue puppy dog dungaree costume.
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$62.00 USD
Unicorn horn headband
Unicorn horn headband
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$15.00 USD
Panda girls play dress
Panda girls play dress
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$55.00 USD
Wild Things Max Felt Crown Tiara
Wild Things Max Felt Crown Tiara
wildthingsdresses
$12.00 USD
Gingerbread man girls dress
Gingerbread man girls dress
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$52.00 USD
Dragon dungaree kids dress up costume.
Dragon dungaree kids dress up costume.
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Bunny Doll craft kit personalised rag doll
Bunny Doll craft kit personalised rag doll
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$20.00 USD
Girls sunshine printed reversible dress
Girls sunshine printed reversible dress
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Baby Mouse dress up play dress in grey
Baby Mouse dress up play dress in grey
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$55.00 USD
circus romper for baby girls
circus romper for baby girls
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 USD
Little Girls Summer Dress set in vintage ABC  print
Little Girls Summer Dress set in vintage ABC print
wildthingsdresses
$66.00 USD
Little Girl Pink Floral Summer Dress set
Little Girl Pink Floral Summer Dress set
wildthingsdresses
$66.00 USD
Cat cape costume dress up handmade black velvet
Cat cape costume dress up handmade black velvet
wildthingsdresses
$75.00 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
wildthingsdresses
$25.00 USD
Little girls party dress- gnome print
Little girls party dress- gnome print
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$70.00 USD
Raccoon dungaree overall for boys
Raccoon dungaree overall for boys
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Bear Costume Childrens coat jacket
Bear Costume Childrens coat jacket
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$100.00 USD
Purple velvet Christmas party cape with dress set (optional)
Purple velvet Christmas party cape with dress set (optional)
wildthingsdresses
$90.00 USD
giraffe costume girls dress
giraffe costume girls dress
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Baby girls summer bumble bee costume romper all in one in yellow and black
Baby girls summer bumble bee costume romper all in one in yellow and black
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 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
Girls Dress, Scandinavian flower, yellow
Girls Dress, Scandinavian flower, yellow
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Rainbow bird cape and mask fancy dress
Rainbow bird cape and mask fancy dress
wildthingsdresses
$40.00 USD
Mouse baby girls romper by Wild Things
Mouse baby girls romper by Wild Things
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Bunny Rabbit  dress with British Liberty print trim
Bunny Rabbit dress with British Liberty print trim
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Dragon dinosaur tail costume
Dragon dinosaur tail costume
wildthingsdresses
$22.00 USD
baby owl girls summer romper
baby owl girls summer romper
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 USD
fox romper for baby girls in mint
fox romper for baby girls in mint
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 USD
fox dress for baby girls for summer and weddings
fox dress for baby girls for summer and weddings
wildthingsdresses
$52.00 USD
Fox summer baby romper.
Fox summer baby romper.
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 USD
Girls Fox Dress costume
Girls Fox Dress costume
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Pink Flower Girls Dress
Pink Flower Girls Dress
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 USD
Baby girls flower romper in Liberty print cotton lawn
Baby girls flower romper in Liberty print cotton lawn
wildthingsdresses
$48.00 USD
Girls dress handmade with summer sunshine and cloud
Girls dress handmade with summer sunshine and cloud
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 USD
fox dungaree costume for children
fox dungaree costume for children
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Dragon rainbow shortall short dungaree kids dress up costume.
Dragon rainbow shortall short dungaree kids dress up costume.
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Wise Owl cape and mask fancy dress
Wise Owl cape and mask fancy dress
wildthingsdresses
$40.00 USD
Tiger dungaree costume
Tiger dungaree costume
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$55.00 USD
Rainbow coat jacket for toddlers,children in blue moleskin
Rainbow coat jacket for toddlers,children in blue moleskin
wildthingsdresses
$90.00 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
wildthingsdresses
$15.00 USD
Lion dungaree costume
Lion dungaree costume
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
ice cream glitter linen romper for baby girls
ice cream glitter linen romper for baby girls
wildthingsdresses
$50.00 USD
Raccoon hat for children by Wild Things
Raccoon hat for children by Wild Things
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$25.00 USD
Red riding hood cape jacket
Red riding hood cape jacket
wildthingsdresses
$90.00 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
wildthingsdresses
$110.00 USD
Flower pot girls dress with smiley face.
Flower pot girls dress with smiley face.
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD
Dragon costume coat jacket for toddlers,children Halloween
Dragon costume coat jacket for toddlers,children Halloween
wildthingsdresses
$100.00 USD
Superhero Cape and mask set dress up set
Superhero Cape and mask set dress up set
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$40.00 USD
Bunny Rabbit Dress up Cape
Bunny Rabbit Dress up Cape
wildthingsdresses
$75.00 USD
girls dress rainbow raindrops cloud grey pinafore
girls dress rainbow raindrops cloud grey pinafore
wildthingsdresses
$55.00 USD

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