Unwinding for the Bank Holiday

Bank holiday Monday is just around the corner and most of us are treated to a long weekend. However you choose to spend the bank holiday weekend, we have selected a few choices for outfits from our Spring/Summer range.

Outfit number one in our classic collection is this baby girl’s special occasion dress, perfect for your daytime events, perhaps for afternoon tea? The Elizabeth dress is made in a beautiful Liberty print, hand smocked across the chest and includes matching frill pants. Keep baby cool in this pretty spring look.

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Outfit number two from our Spring/Summer collection. This is a fun look that is great for the warmer months. Our baby boys short sleeve shirt is made in Liberty’s seasonal Sketch fabric and is teamed with blue Otto romper shorts for a great outfit for the bank holiday weekend.

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Outfit number three is our favourite style, this simple girls floral Liberty print dress is a gorgeous piece for all Spring family events. The Alice dress has a pretty scalloped collar and half sash. With the warmer weather on it’s way, it’s a good excuse to treat your little one to a new Summer dress.

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Welcome to the World

Congratulations on the arrival of a new baby! This is such an exciting time. Here are a few useful gift ideas for new parents:

These sweet hand knitted cashmere soldiers booties make a great gift for new mums and will be keeping those little toes warm and the exquisite hand embroidery adds a special finishing touch. They make a gorgeous baby shower gift!

What new mum wouldn’t love to receive a adorable little forget-me-not beanie hat. It makes a really thoughtful gift.

forget_me_not_beanie_hat_fmn_1A staple for anytime of the year, this classic hooded poncho features the cutest tassel on the hood and adds a stylish knitted garment to a baby girls wardrobe. It’s also really easy to put on and take off even when baby is asleep.

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This bumble bee hooded jacket is a great baby gift for a boy or girl and embellished with cute bumble bee motif on the patch pockets, it won’t fail to impress.

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Traditional picot edge newborn receiving  blanket has an heirloom quality in pink and blue. These charming but simple baby blankets can be passed around the family and are the perfect gift for a newborn to snuggle into.

 

A Magical World of Prints

Sue has been busy working on next season’s collection. She recently had the pleasure of going to London to view Liberty’s new season fabrics.

Liberty London is well known for it’s range of high quality fabrics. Their collection of prints and designs are beautiful and vast.

We are very excited that Liberty has re-introduced bestselling designs (featured in our past seasons collection) Queue for the Zoo and Gallymoggers Reynard to their beautiful contemporary classics.

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For those of you who don’t know,  Gallymoggers Reynard was Liberty’s 2015 tribute to Lewis Carroll’s novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This gorgeous print features all the main characters from this classic story.

This season reminisce over your favorite contemporary classics  prints as these will be back in new styles at Sue Hill. Keep looking out for updates!

Pretty as a Princess

Happy Birthday Princess Charlotte! Princess Charlotte celebrated her first birthday yesterday. It’s hard to believe a year has passed! To mark the occasion Kensington Palace has released a set of official photographs.

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We were thrilled to see more photos of Charlotte. The adorable shots show Charlotte looking super cute in two different outfits – a blue dress and pink dress complete with cardigans and matching hair bows.

Take a look at some of our beautiful childrens wear!

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Gracey Dress with matching sunhat, nappy pants, bunny, frilly socks & shoes

We think our Liberty print Gracey Dress is very similar to the one worn by Princess Charlotte. This pretty  dress with a delicate lace frill detail around the neck looks adorable on baby girls. It is made in this season’s sweet butterfly Gracey Liberty print, which adds some pretty blue to their wardrobe.

You can get the Princess Charlotte look with our Liberty print Lily Dress. A favorite for spring and any special occasion. Little princesses love this classic style dress with peter pan collar and puff sleeve

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At Sue Hill you can find beautifully knitted baby girls cardigans that are very similar to the ones that princess Charlotte wore. The Forget-me-not cardigan once paired with a summers dress is perfect for a coolers days and evenings. The pale pink cashmere rose cardigan looks beautiful and teamed with a dress too, makes a stunning baby girls outfit.

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New Season Outfits for Baby Boys Christening

If you are planning your baby boys christening or blessing this summer, start planning his outfit in plenty of time. We always receive comments from our mums that it is difficult to find the perfect outfit and how glad they are when they come across our website!

Each year we add more designs for this occasion as mums of boys really do want to dress them smartly and stylishly.

Our most two most popular outfits are the William Shirt and Romper Pants set (£89) and the James Shirt and Romper Shorts set (£89). Hand made in 100% cotton but also available in 100% silk.

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Both sets are available in a smart white and navy blue, white and pale blue, white/beige or all white. The shirt is made as a onesie so keeps baby looking neat all day long! The shirts can also be monogrammed with baby’s initials or name, making the outfit truly special ( there is a charge of £20 for this).

For cooler weather, we also offer a matching George Jacket (£59), hand knitted in merino cashmere blend and navy leather T Bar pram shoes (£35) to make  a complete outfit

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For a lighter look or less formal occasion, we also offer the Jasper Shirt & Shorts set (£79) or the Liberty print Fairydust Shirt and Shorts set (£74).

 

Don’t forget, we also offer a bespoke service, so call us to discuss on 01892 513293!

The Beauty of Traditional Hand Smocked Baby Dresses

 

Our hand smocked dresses are pleated, smocked and embroidered locally, close to our store in Tunbridge Wells.

Our Hand smocked Liberty print Elizabeth dress has a simple smocked detail on the bodice which compliments this beautiful classic Liberty print and makes the most devine summer baby dress.

We have added more detail on our new hand smocked pink Rosebud dress with hand smocking and a hand embroidered pink rosebud and leaf pattern on a plain cotton fabric. This baby dress is suitable for any occasion and is completely machine washable so wear it again and again!

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Perfect as a christening dress or baby or toddler flower girl dress, our hand smocked white Rosebud dress and matching pants has the simplicity and crispness that only pure white cotton can offer.

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Contact us directly if you would like to discuss a custom made dress or outfit on 01892 513293, info@suehillchildrenswear or visit our website to see our summer collection.

 

The Perfect Junior Bridesmaid Dress

We know from speaking to brides-to-be in our Tunbridge Wells store that it is really difficult to find the perfect style of dress for those older flower girls in the age group of 9-13y. They are too old for the puff sleeved younger styles but not quite old enough to carry off the dresses that the grown up bridesmaids will be wearing.

With this in mind, we have a few dresses in our collection that we always recommend for this age group. They are simple but elegant and make the older flower girl feel beautiful!

Our Tilly dress is our most popular style for this age group. Hand made in silk and silk organza, the circular skirt style in a ballerina length gives an elegant look. We have witnessed many a twirl in front of our shop mirror in this dress!

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New to our collection this season is the Ava dress. This dress has a silk bodice with a skirt made of layers of tulle and netting. Again, it is an elegant style which suits any age up to 13y and can be worn as ballerina (mid calf) or ankle length. You can also add some Swarovski crystals to the tulle for a subtle sparkle effect!

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All of our Flower Girl dresses, junior bridesmaid dresses and communion dresses are hand made to order so you can supply us with measurements to ensure the perfect fit and length. We also offer a bespoke service so if you have an idea and cannot find it anywhere, ask us! Visit our website to see our full collection of flower girl dresses and page boy outfits

 

Perfect Holy Communion Dresses for the 2016 Season

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Our on trend designs for this year’s Holy Communion Dress Collection offer the best of both worlds so that mum and daughter both LOVE THE DRESS! Shown above is our new Gabriella Dress, which fits the bill perfectly – hand made in pure silk  with layers of netting and a daisy lace overlay on the bodice £195.

Choosing the dress is the most important thing that mum and daughter can do together and it is always difficult if both have a preconceived idea of what they want and and their ideas are miles apart! This is where we can bridge that gap – our designs offer something special for both mum and daughter –  mum loves the traditional look and daughter loves the stylish unique design.

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Shown above – our Amy Tulle Dress in white cotton with spot tulle overlay from £119

 

All our Communion dresses are made to order by our own dressmakers locally and can be made with measurements supplied by email so the dress will fit perfectly on the big day (We require 6-8 weeks to make the dress but please contact us if you require it sooner).

Other popular styles include the sleeveless  Tilly Dress hand made in silk and silk organza with a cotton underskirt (£159) and the 100% silk Matilda Dress in the same style but with puff sleeves and silk underskirt £195

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Take a look at our Communion Dresses Collection on our website and don’t forget, if you don’t see exactly what you want, we offer a bespoke service, so call us on 01892 513293 or email Sue at suehill410@googlemail.com.

 

Dress Up For Easter

With Easter Sunday less than three weeks away, it’s time to shake off all thoughts of the cold weather and look forward to Easter, a sure sign that the warmer weather is on its way.

We have lots of lovely dresses and outfits which are perfect for that family get together or holiday.

Already very popular with mums and girls of all ages is our Hearts pinafore, hand made in a super soft fine cord in bright pink. We have teamed it with our Evelyn blouse, made in chiffon with a cotton underlay and a very sweet lacy frill collar. If you prefer a dress, our Liberty print Hearts dress is simple yet very effective with heart shape pockets.

 

For babies and toddlers, our classic hand smocked Rosebud dress & pants is so pretty for the girls on any occasion, and for the boys, the George shirt and trousers set works perfectly with the shirt onesie keeping them neat and tidy all day!

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Have a look at our New Season section on the website or come and see us in our store in the Pantiles in  Royal Tunbridge Wells.

If you don’t find exactly what you are looking for, don’t forget we also offer a bespoke service!

 

Behind The Scenes at our SS16 Photo Shoot

Last Thursday we had lots of fun ( and stress!) shooting the images for our Spring/summer collection as well as some dresses and outfits from our special occasion collections.

Our photographer, Sharron Goodyear  did an amazing job of photographing our ten beautiful models with ages ranging from 6mths to 8 yrs! This is the third shoot Sharron has done for us and she really understands what makes a stunning image and works so well with the children.

We used the interior and exterior of the Buxted Park Hotel nestled in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. This grand old country house with beautiful gardens and parkland provided the perfect backdrop for this collection. We used several function rooms, the glorious Orangery and the Queen Mary Suite. The staff were very welcoming and extremely friendly and helpful with all our requests! I would definitely recommend it as a stunning wedding venue!

Click on the Video on our Facebook page to see how the day went for us! More images will be uploaded to our website www.suehillchildrenswear.com over the next few days and we will be featuring highlights of the collection over the coming weeks.

Sharron Goodyear also has an exciting special offer at the moment! This is your opportunity to have  a fine art photograph of your child for just £45! This price includes a sitting at Sharron’s home studio in Crowborough, East Sussex and one free image ( more images can be purchased if it’s too difficult to choose) Click  here to see more details of this offer.