Take a sneak peek at new dresses and shirts being made in our workshop

It’s a busy time in the Sue Hill workshop in Tunbridge-Wells, where we’re finalising our new collection.

This week, we’ve been cutting out patterns for some of the beautiful new pieces. We’re very excited about our new party dresses, which will soon be released, and in the picture below you can see us working on a new style.

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We’re making a party dress in a navy Liberty print with orange and red roses. The dress will have a drop waist with gathered skirt and lots of netting underneath, making it the perfect Christmas outfit for girls!

We’re also making our classic party dress in a new fabric this year. It will be available in a pretty pink tone, which we’re sure will be popular with little princesses.

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For our boys collection, we’ve been finalising our baby boy autumn outfits. We have a new fun London and Soldiers fabric, and the photo below is from the day when we were cutting out baby shirts in this print. The shirts will be part of an adorable two-piece set with bay cord dungarees in navy and dark grey.

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Look out for all these fabulous new outfits on our website next week!

Finding beautiful unisex baby gifts

Although many have the option to find out if they’re having a boy or a girl before the arrival of their new baby, there are a number of couples who choose to keep it a surprise – or at least keep it a surprise for friends and family. It might make it seem tricky to buy the perfect baby present when you don’t want to go for blue or pink, but we have a number of adorable pieces in creams and greys that make for brilliant presents for both boys and girls.

Here are three stunning baby gift ideas from our unisex collection:

Picot Edge Cot Bed Blanket (£129)
Our cot-bed sized baby blankets are always popular among new parents, as they’re so practical for keeping baby warm in the cot or on the go. The merino/cashmere blend picot edge baby blanket is available in grey with cream contrasting crochet picot edging, making it an amazing gift to both baby boys and girls.

Cot Bed Baby Blanket Merino Cashmere

Bumblebee Flaphat & Mittens Set (£58)
A hat and mittens are essential for keeping baby warm during the colder months, and this cream merino/cashmere blend flaphat and mittens set means baby can be snug in style. The adorable set with hand-embroidered bumblebees on both hat and mittens makes a perfect present and is ideal for photo opportunities.

Baby flaphat and mittens set bumblebees

Cashmere Teddy Hooded Jacket (£85)
The new cashmere hooded jacket with teddy embroidery on the pockets is beautiful and luxurious. The super soft jacket is knitted in Loro Piana cashmere in pale silver grey with a contrast cream colour on the borders, cuffs and hood tassel and it makes a lovely baby gift for both little boys and girls. 

Teddy Hooded Baby Jacket Cashmere

 
 

5 reasons to visit Sue Hill at Spirit of Christmas

1. Shop the new Sue Hill collection
We’re very excited to announce that Sue Hill has taken a large stand at Spirit of Christmas this year, and will be recreating the charming Tunbridge Wells Shop at the London show. For all our London customers, this will be the ideal place to shop our new collection and more. 

Sue Hill shop knitwear

2. Find the perfect Christmas party outfit for your little ones
The show is on from 4-9 November, making it a brilliant time of year to buy this season’s Christmas party outfits for the youngest members of the family. We will be showcasing our party dresses for girls and trousers and shirts for boys. Sue Hill shop party wear

3. Get your Christmas shopping done early
The Sue Hill stand will be the ideal place to shop for presents for little ones this season, as we will be presenting a selection of beautiful baby and children’s jackets, coats, hats, scarves, mittens, dresses, blouses, shirts, hair bands, socks, shoes, babygros and more. The team will be on hand to help you find the perfect presents, and ensure knitwear and party outfits are beautifully presented in our signature lilac gift boxes.

Sue Hill shop boys knitwear

4. Learn to create a Christmas wreath
There is more than enough to do at Spirit of Christmas this year, and we’re sure many of our customers will also be trying to take a workshop in between doing their shopping. One of the workshops that have caught our eyes is the Christmas wreath one, as it will be with the Dorchester’s designer florist Phil Hammond and sounds pretty amazing. Time to get creative!

5. Do your Christmas shopping in style
After finishing your Christmas shopping, treat yourself to afternoon tea in Mossiman’s pop-up restaurant, or catch up with friends over a glass of champagne in the Louis Roederer Champagne Bar. A festive and stylish day out!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Sue Hill stand at G31 at Spirit of Christmas, Kensington Olympia, 4-9 November

Prepare baby for autumn with our brand new baby knits

When having a baby many parents wonder what outerwear to buy for their little ones, and knitted jackets and ponchos tend to be a top choice. Knitwear is ideal for keeping babies warm during the colder months, as it’s best to opt for clothes that are soft and comfortable to wear in the buggy. It’s also practical to use knitwear for layering, making it easier to adjust baby’s clothes as temperature changes. 

For the new season, we’re excited to have added several brand new baby knitwear pieces, which are both beautiful and functional. 

Baby boys

For little boys, we have an adorable new knitted waistcoast – the Oscar waistcoast – which comes in a merino/cashmere blend in grey or navy with mother of pearl buttons. It looks gorgeous paired with one of our Liberty Print shirts!

Baby waistcoast oscar

 

There’s also a new V-neck style guardsmen cardigan in a merino/cashmere blend, which looks super cute. The cream cardigan looks adorable with the matching cream leggings!

Cream guardsmen cardigan baby

Baby girls

For girls, we have a pretty new merino/cashmere rosebud cardigan, which is hand embroidered with a rose and leaf details around the bottom edge and on the chest. Adorable for everyday wear or paired with one of our cute Liberty Print baby dresses!

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We also have a new cream hooded baby poncho this year, and our ponchos are popular with little ones, as it’s such a versatile garment and mums comment that it’s easy to take on and off without even waking baby. An autumn essential!

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Behind the scenes at the Sue Hill photo shoot

Last Thursday we took our brand new collection to photographer Sarah Tate’s studio in Heathfield. We had a selection of beautiful dresses and knitwear to photograph, and we’re excited to see a few of the photos by Sarah Tate back already.

The new collection includes this adorable Liberty Print Mabel baby girl dress. With a high yoke and a gathered skirt, it looks incredibly cute on little ones, and since it has long sleeves it’s ideal for colder months too. It can also be paired with any of our merino/cashmere cardigans to make a stunning baby autumn and winter outfit.

Liberty Print Mabel Dress

For older girls, one of the pieces we photographed was the beautifully styled Liberty Print Clara dress, which boasts 3/4 length sleeves and a bow detail on the chest. This colourful dress looks gorgeous with our Molly cardigan in dusty pink, and it’s ideal for both everyday wear and special events, such as birthdays. 

Liberty Print Clara Dress Sue Hill

We can’t wait to get all the other new photos up on the website to show you more from our new collection, but in the meantime, we can share these two fun photos taken by Sue’s son who came along to the exciting shoot!  

Photo Shoot in Sarah Tate's studio

The new Anna pinafore is photographed with a beautiful Liberty Print blouse.

Photo Shoot in Sarah Tate's studio Sue Hill

Sue adjusts the satin ribbon sash on the adorable, pink Anna pinafore

 

 

Take a sneak peek at our new collection

We’ve had an exciting start to the week with new samples coming in, and we can’t wait for the shop to be filled with these beautiful new pieces.

For baby girls, we love the sweet Anna pinafore, which looks adorable with a baby Farrah blouse underneath. The pinafore in pink needlecord has a satin ribbon, covered button and loop opening, and the blouse is made in the Helena’s Meadow Liberty print and has a peter pan collar, button down back opening and elasticed cuffs.

Anna Pinafore

For older girls, our corduroy skirts are always popular for autumn winter, as they can be dressed up with a blouse or worn with knitwear for everyday wear. This season, we love the pretty purple cotton corduroy pleat skirt with three pleats on front and back. A brilliant addition to any girl’s wardrobe this autumn!

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New boys sweaters for autumn

While parents are busy getting their little ones ready for the new season, we’re very excited to have expanded our collection of classic boys sweaters and slipovers. The Sue Hill collection of knitwear now includes four new styles for boys–two new sweaters and two new slipovers–which are all available in sizes up to 11-12 years.

Sue Hill Sweaters Boys

Classic styles with cable design
Our new Oliver sweater and slipover are both hand knitted in a soft merino/cashmere blend with central vertical cable design and double rib on the cuffs, bottom edge and crew neck.  This classic style with a twist is ideal for keeping warm in the winter, and it is available in teal and navy.

Sue Hill Cable Design Boys Sweater

 

Comfortable styles with self-stripe design
Our new Oscar sweater and slipover are also both hand knitted in a soft merino/cashmere blend with double rib on the cuffs, bottom edge and neck. This style is knitted in moss stitch and garter stitch, which results in a very effective self-stripe design. This comfortable style is an excellent choice for autumn/winter, and it is available in navy and grey.

Sue Hill Boys Sweaters Grey Self-Stripe Effect

 

 

How to prepare baby’s wardrobe for autumn

With the end of the summer holiday fast approaching, we’re helping more and more families prepare for the new school term and change of seasons. To get your baby ready for the autumn, here are some of the top picks from our collection:

Shawl coat
The shawl collar coat in a merino/cashmere blend (from £65) is one of our classic bestsellers. It’s longer than many other jackets, making it ideal for covering up baby girls when the weather gets colder. The shawl coat looks very elegant, and it can take you through the colder months, as you can easily layer up under it when needed.

Shawl coat Sue Hill

Swing coat
The vintage-inspired swing coat in a merino/cashmere blend (from £65) is also perfect for the change of seasons. It looks adorable, and is great for keeping little ones warm. In winter, the generous cut means this coat is also good for layering up underneath. 

Swing coat Sue Hill

Hooded jacket
The hooded jacket in a merino/cashmere blend  (from £59) can look sweet on both boys and girls, as the style is so versatile and it can be done in a variety of colours like all our knitwear. Parents often buy this hooded jacket as one of baby’s first wardrobe pieces, and it is a popular choice for the autumn and winter months. 

Hooded jacket Sue Hill

3 unique baby gifts under £30

If you want to find a baby gift with a wow-factor, we have a selection of beautiful and unique gifts to suit different budgets. Gifts are wrapped in our signature gift boxes and can be sent directly to the recipient.

Here are three of our favourite gifts under £30:

Personalised nursery door sign – £29
A nursery door sign personalised with baby’s name makes a beautiful baby gift to be treasured! The name is hand-embroidered onto the door sign, which is hand-knitted in a merino cashmere blend. Please allow 10-14 days for delivery.

Personalised door sign

Personalised baby hat – £29
A hand-knitted cashmere baby beanie hat personalised with baby’s initial makes an adorable baby gift! Baby’s initial is hand-embroidered between two roses for girls or two soldiers for boys. The cute present comes in a gift box with a clear lid. Please allow 10-14 days for delivery.

Personalised baby hat

Cashmere booties – £29
Hand-knitted cashmere booties to help keep baby’s feet warm make a lovely gift for a baby girl! Our sunshine booties come in cream or pink, and has pretty ribbon ties. The booties match the Sunshine baby dress, christening dress, coat and bonnet if you want to give a full set.

Sunshine booties

Where to holiday in England this summer

When it’s warm and sunny, it’s nowhere better to holiday than in England, and we love taking the family to see the beautiful English countryside and charming seaside towns. 

Here are some of the places we love:

Coworth Park
Stylish Coworth Park is only a short drive from London, but the stunning scenery around the hotel and the beautiful grounds makes it the perfect place to stay for a relaxing weekend out of the city. The hotel is very popular with families, and there are lots of activities on offer for all ages, including horse-riding and swimming.

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Daylesford Farm Cottages
Daylesford Farm in the Cotswolds has some amazing self-catering cottages, which are ideal for families looking to recharge the batteries. Some of the cottages are located opposite the Farm Shop and Cafe, making it easy for families to shop seasonal and organic food on site, or go for breakfast and lunch across the yard. There’s also a lovely spa at Daylesford Farm, where mum can relax with a massage or a yoga session while dad takes the children to see some of the animals on the surrounding fields.

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Driftwood Hotel
To make the most of the high sea temperatures this summer, Driftwood Hotel in Cornwall is an ideal destination. The boutique hotel is set above a stunning beach, and the hotel’s Michellin-starred Cornish restaurant boasts delicious food and fantastic sea views. The charming hotel also has a children’s games room where the kids can play while mum and dad relax on the terrace.