Although it’s finally warming up outside, we’re already looking ahead to winter here at Sue Hill. It’s been a very exciting start to the month with new fabric swatches arriving and sample dresses being finished.
Sue has been trawling fabric fairs for beautiful and unique fabrics for the new season, and we’re now looking at a selection of gorgeous wool blend fabrics – some herringbone and some patterned. We think these lovely and soft fabrics, made in Portugal, will be perfect for our popular classic-style pinafores.
In addition, we’re looking at these swatches for our baby and girls coats. The new autumn/winter collection will include new classic coat styles, some with velvet trims, and we think some of the wool blend fabrics will be amazing for the new designs.
To wear with these gorgeous coats, we’ll also have a range of new dresses. Some of the samples for our Bergdorf Goodman collection, are already done, and we’re so excited about these adorable baby party dresses for the autumn/winter season. We will make it easy for little ones to dress to impress!
It can be daunting to plan a wedding or a christening, and many brides and mums find it particularly challenging to dress their little ones for these special family events. Here at Sue Hill we know how important it is to get the details absolutely right, and that’s why we offer our customers a bespoke service. In the last few months, we’ve been very busy with bespoke orders, and here are examples of a few gorgeous bespoke designs.
Our latest bespoke order were for two flower girl dresses based on the cotton Poppy tulle dress design. We added puff sleeves to the style and knitted boleros to go with the dresses. Onto the boleros, we hand-stitched sparkles matching the sequins and beads on the bodice of the dresses. The little outfits look stunning!
Another recent bespoke order was also for two Poppy flower girl dresses, and for this customer we added fuschia sashes to match the colour scheme of the wedding and the dresses of the older bridesmaids.
We also made a bespoke dress for the bride’s daughter to wear. Her adorable outfit is based on our silk Matilda dress, but Sue hand-stitched sequins and beads onto the bodice and skirt. A gorgeous dress for mum’s big day!
For another customer, we made a special christening outfit for mum and daughter. Mum chose the beautiful cream wild rose cashmere dress for her little girl, and we made a matching shawl for mum to wear on the big day. A lovely touch to a very special family event!
With the temperature changing and the sun finally shining again, now is the time to start planning the summer season. And that’s exactly what we’ve done at Sue Hill this week. In fact, we’ve even released a few key pieces from our brand new spring/summer 2014 collection in-store and online!
Highlights from the new collection include our fabulous spring party dresses, which are available in two limited edition seasonal Liberty prints – Ricardo’s Blooms and Rochester. The party dresses, which are in one of our bestselling styles, have a circular skirt, round neck, cap sleeve, sash, and layers of netting. These fantastic hand made dresses ooze style, and they’re ideal for all those summer birthdays!
For baby girls, we’ve now released one of Sue’s favourite pieces from the new collection, our adorable Capel Liberty print dress. This cute dress has puffed sleeves, a peter pan collar and full gathered skirt, and it would make a lovely baby gift, or a wonderful outfit for a baby photo shoot.
Sue’s other favourite dress from the new collection is our gorgeous Aurelia dress, which has a semi circular skirt, button and loops opening at the back and a grosgrain ribbon around the waist. This pretty but understated hand made dress in a beautiful Liberty print is perfect for little girls to wear to anything from a theatre trip to a summer party!
School holidays are always fun, but it can be difficult to come up with an action-packed programme for the whole week. To do something different this half-term, why not visit historic Tunbridge Wells, which is only an hour by train from London?
The Sue Hill shop is based in a beautiful part of Tunbridge Wells called The Pantiles, and this really is an ideal destination for a day trip.
The Pantiles, a pretty colonnaded walkway, is a short walk from Tunbridge Wells station, and there’s lots to see here, including cute shops, galleries and cafes.
The Pantiles collonade in Tunbridge Wells – copyright Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
If you want to take the children out for a half-term treat, The CakeShed, does lovely cakes made fresh on site and it’s located straight across The Pantiles from our shop.
There’s also a new patisserie Shrager’s Patisserie across from our shop, where you can enjoy breakfast, coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. We’ve recently had several customers commenting on how impressed they are with the patisserie’s chef Marc Mouzon, an award-winning, Paris-trained pastry chef. Shrager’s Patisserie, opened by chef and cookery teacher Rosemary Shrager, is definitely worth a stop on a day in The Pantiles.
But don’t forget to set aside time for visiting our beautiful shop too! We will be previewing our spring/summer collection in-store this week, and you can stop by to place your orders. While you browse the new collection, your little ones can have fun playing in our play corner.
A catwalk show in a luxury London hotel with amazing young models and beautiful clothes. Can a Sunday become any better?
We had a wonderful time at High Tea & Fashion at The Dorchester on Sunday, raising money for Children in Crisis, and we were incredibly impressed with the fantastic catwalk show where a number of brand new Sue Hill pieces were showcased.
The show was very well choreographed and the lovely children did a fantastic job at showing off our new clothes. There was a real mix of fashion for all ages, and Sue was really pleased with how our clothes were presented on the catwalk. ‘It showed that we make a real variety of styles and clothes in different colours,’ she commented.
We would like to say a big thank you to all our gorgeous models, and we already look forward to High Tea & Fashion 2015!
It’s competition time at Sue Hill! After weeks with grim weather and some very chilly days, we want to brighten up your week by giving you a chance to win some warm, hand-knitted pieces for your little ones, or some gorgeous handmade Liberty print dresses, blouses or shirts.
Right now, we are running an amazing Facebook competition where you can win one of six £50 gift vouchers. To be in with a chance of winning, like us on Facebook, where we share exciting news, photos and run competitions, by midnight on Wednesday 5 February.
The six lucky winners will be notified by email on Thursday 6 February, and they will receive a unique coupon code to use on our website, where they can buy beautiful knitwear, adorable dresses, cute shirts or special occasion wear.
By entering this competition, you can also make sure you don’t miss out on any of our amazing upcoming giveaways. Sue Hill will be running monthly competitions on Facebook, giving followers the chance to win prizes worth over £100.
Why not like us on Facebook by following this link now?!
This week we’re very excited to announce that we will be showcasing gorgeous new outfits at the High Tea and Fashion event, raising money for Children in Crisis, at The Dorchester Hotel on 9 February from 3-6 in the afternoon.
We’ve made a range of new outfits, especially for the event, and we can’t wait to hear what you think about the adorable new tulle skirts and beautiful Liberty print dresses we’ve included as part of the summer outfits.
At the event, there are catwalk shows with children aged 3 and over, and our brand new pieces will be part of the show. Come along to the event to see clothes and knitwear that will be part of the Sue Hill spring/summer 2014 and autumn/winter 2014 collections, new red Christmas and winter clothes, and special Sue Hill occasion and flower girl dresses.
The best part, however, is that all these pretty dresses and skirts, smart shirts and cute knitwear will be on sale at the event after the show and we’ll be offering showgoers excellent discounts.
High Tea and Fashion promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family, and in addition to catwalk shows and shopping, there will be music, entertainment, afternoon tea and prizes to win. For more information about the event and tickets, see HERE.
For many of our brides with young sons, brothers or nephews, it’s important to ensure the boys are as involved on the big day as the little girls in the family. The young boys often get the exciting roles of page boys, with some taking responsibility for important duties, such as helping with the bride’s train or carrying the rings, and others being in charge of adding the cute-factor to the bridal party.
To do all this, it’s important to find stylish page boy outfits, ensuring the little chaps look smart and adorable.
We’ve had lots of brides visiting our shop in the last few weeks, with many coming to view our page boy collection in addition to our popular flower girl and bridesmaid dresses. The Sue Hill page boy collection includes waistcoats in silk and cotton, matching bow ties, shirts in beautiful fabrics and tailored cotton trousers–all high quality pieces that are bound to make the little boys look dapper on the big day.
Our page boy outfits are made to order, and they can typically be made in two weeks (please allow for delivery time in addition to this).
We’re looking forward to helping you find the perfect page boy outfits online or in-store!
For some brides, it’s all about finding the perfect dress. For others, it’s about finding the perfect dresses. At this time of year, we always have lots of brides visiting our shop in Tunbridge Wells, ordering beautiful flower girl and bridesmaid dresses for the spring and summer wedding season.
We have a collection of stunning hand made flower girl and bridesmaid dresses in 100% fine silky cotton, 100% silk or silk organza with hand embroidery or lace detail. In addition, we have smart outfits for page boys with waistcoats, matching bow ties, shirts and tailored trousers.
If you’re planning a wedding this year, we would love to welcome you to our shop to view our collection and discuss your requirements. All our dresses are made to order, and the cotton style dresses take around 3-4 weeks to make and the silk styles take 4-6 weeks.
You can also order online and if you are not sure of the size, we can make the outfits from measurements sent by email.
We look forward to helping you dress the little ones for your big day!
For many the most important New Year resolution is simply to be happy, and I think I’ve discovered what makes my little one excited. She loves dressing up in beautiful clothes. She gives me a huge smile when she’s wrapped up in adorable, hand-knitted Sue Hill cardigans and leggings, or dress up in her cute velvet Rye coat.
The good news is that the amazing Sue Hill sale is on right now, offering excellent discounts on a number of adorable clothes that are sure to stand out in any child’s wardrobe. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s winter sale: