4 of the best christening accessories for girls

Bolero (£39)
To keep baby girls warm and snug on their special day, our hand-knitted pale ivory boleros are brilliant for pairing with beautiful christening dresses and gowns. The bolero, which is 100% merino wool, is super soft and ideal for wearing over any special occasion dress.

Ivory Bolero Baby Christening Sue Hill

Cashmere carrying cloak (£169)
Our beautiful cashmere baby cloak is ideal for a christening, and it looks stunning worn over a christening gown. The hooded cloak is finished with hand crochet picot edging, satin ribbon and mother of pearl buttons. A true heirloom piece!

Cashmere Carrying Cloak Christening Sue Hill

Rosebud Ribbon shoes (£35)
The white Rosebud Ribbon Ickle Shooz handmade in the UK by shoemaker Nigel Bolton make a stunning addition to any christening outfit. The little leather pram shoes have a soft sole, a rosebud decoration and satin ribbon ties. Adorable and sweet!

White Rosebud Ribbon Shoes

Silk bonnet (£25)
To complete the christening outfit, girls look gorgeous in our handmade silk baby bonnets, which come with either a frill around the face or a turn back brim. The cute bonnets, finished with silk ties, look beautiful with any silk christening dress!

Frill bonnet Sue Hill

Finding a heirloom christening gown to start a family tradition

A christening is a truly special day for a new baby and the whole family, and those who have unique and stunning christening gowns that have been worn by generations are extremely lucky.

But most families will not have the spectacular gown they would have wanted, and when organising an event for the new arrival it can be a fantastic opportunity to look for a christening gown that could become a family heirloom and be handed down to future generations.

Here are two of our favourite christening gowns for parents who want to start a new tradition when planning a christening:

Marlborough Christening Gown (£160)
Our long, classic-style Marlborough christening gown is handmade in 100% silk with 100% anti static polyester lining, and the traditional christening gown is sure to be treasured in years to come. It can be worn by both boys and girls, and comes in either white with platinum contrast silk piping around the peter pan collar and along the yoke, or in ivory with champagne-coloured piping. A truly stunning christening gown!

marlborough_christening_gown_Sue Hill

Elsie Christening Gown (£160)
Another favourite for parents wanting to keep a christening gown as a family heirloom is the beautiful Elsie christening gown, which is also handmade in 100% silk with 100% anti static polyester lining. The gown, which is more feminine than the Marlborough one, has hand-embroidered roses and leaves around the neckline and puff sleeves. It looks adorable with our Frill bonnet and Bella Rosa shoes that complete this amazing baby girls christening outfit. Stunning and adorable!

Elsie Christening Gown Sue Hill

Handmade first shoes for style and quality

As soon as little ones start moving around, footwear becomes important to avoid slipping and give baby extra grip–and the added bonus is that shoes can look adorable on young children.

That’s why we’re very excited about the Ickle Shooz pram shoes and first walker shoes we stock, which are handmade by shoemaker Nigel Bolton, and have become incredibly popular with our customers.

Sue Hill is the only store in the South East to sell the shoes made by Leicestershire-based Nigel Bolton, and we like them so much because of the quality of the leather and the classic styles that are easy to pair with both special occasion wear and everyday clothes.

The pram shoes, which are available in sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-18 months, have a soft sole, and the walkers, available in sizes 2-6, have a robust sole.

For boys, the most popular shoes are the Navy and white T-bar shoes, which look fantastic with our navy boys rompers and shorts sets.

Navy T-bar Shoes Ickle Shooz

For girls, the Pink-Bow Mary Jane Shoes and the Ruby Patent Shoes are top choices, with mums liking the colourful shoes for both practical reasons and the cute look of these styles.

Ruby Patent Shoes Ickle Shooz

The collection of Ickle Shooz we stock also includes white and ivory girls shoes ideal for flower girls and christenings, and adorable boots for boys.

3 top birthday gifts for toddler boys

With Prince George turning 2 this week, we’re sure his friends and relatives are searching for the best birthday presents for toddlers, and here are some of our favourites for 2-year-old boys:

Personalised cardigan merino cashmere (£75)
For a truly unique and special present for a stylish toddler, our personalised merino cashmere cardigans are a brilliant choice. The sweet V-neck boys cardigans, hand-knitted in our super soft merino cashmere blend, can have up to two initials knitted on the chest. A wardrobe staple and a wonderful gift!

Personalised initial cardigan Sue Hill

Wonderment Liberty print shirt (£39)
Toddlers look adorable in fun prints, and our short-sleeved Liberty print shirt in the Wonderment fabric, new for spring/summer 2015, is easy to wear with both trousers or shorts and makes a practical and beautiful present. There’s also a matching cotton sun hat to go with the shirt. The ultimate summer holiday outfit for boys!

Wonderment Liberty Print Shirt

V-neck slipover cotton cashmere (£49)
To keep warm on colder days, our sweet slipovers for boys are also popular choices for gifts. The super soft slipovers, hand-knitted in a cotton cashmere blend, are not only incredibly versatile, but they also look amazing on little boys who can wear them over a shirt or collared t-shirt. A pretty wardrobe essential!

V-neck Slipover Cotton Cashmere

What to expect for autumn/winter 2015

Although we’re still in the middle of the summer season, we at Sue Hill are busy preparing for the release of the next collection, which will be released in the autumn and will include stunning outerwear, new dresses, shirts and more.

To give you a sneak peek of what we are planning for autumn/winter 2015, we wanted to share some of the gorgeous fabrics and ribbons we have been sampling. We have been looking at pretty floral Liberty prints in shades of purple and pink.
Pink and floral prints a/w 2015
Some of the vintage-style prints are in subtle colour tones, and will look stunning with details in rose pink velvet, for example.
Pink fabrics a/w 2015
We’re also considering prints in dark purple and mauve, which can be amazing for dresses for autumn and winter. In addition, we’re looking at Liberty prints with miniature flowers–something we’ve also had in our summer collection–as this style of fabric can be gorgeous for baby girls outfits.
Pink and floral prints a/w 2015
We can’t wait to share the new collection with you in a couple of months from now!

New adorable baby girl gift sets with matching cuddly bunnies

Loveday dress, frill nappy pants, sun hat and bunny
Our cute Loveday Liberty print baby girl dress with frill nappy pants and sun hat makes an adorable outfit for warm days, and the set now also comes with a matching bunny to make it a truly unique gift. An essential summer holiday set for baby!

loveday dress, frill nappy pants, sunhat and bunny

Beth party dress and bunny
The beautiful Beth party dress is ideal for any little girl, and with the matching bunny wearing a dress in the same beautiful Liberty print, it makes a wonderful gift. Special and charming!

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Katie dress, sun hat and bunny
The pretty Katie dress in the Katie & Millie Liberty print and the matching sun hat makes a perfect summer outfit for baby girls. With the set now being available with the adorable bunny wearing a dress in the same fabric, it also makes an incredibly sweet summer gift.

Katie and Millie gift set with bunny

3 top tips for personalising a wedding with Liberty print details

 1. Add a touch of colour to flower girl dresses
We recently made two stunning customised flower girl dresses with Liberty print sashes and trims. The bride chose the tutu-style Lucy dress, which boasts an impressive tulle skirt, and in addition to making the dress unique with the Emilia flowers Liberty print details, we also changed the silk top to a cotton top for her summer wedding.

Lucy dresses with Liberty print details Sue Hill

2. Choose matching Liberty print accessories for boys and men
To ensure everyone matches, we can organise for men’s ties, for example, and bow ties to be made in a Liberty print fabric of choice. We did this for the bride who chose the Lucy dresses with Liberty print details, for example, and all the matching accessories looked spectacular. The ties were made by the supplier who makes our cover buttons and also specialises in a range of wedding accessories.

3. Let little ones walk with teddies instead of flowers
We have a range of adorable teddies and bunnies in-store, which we sell with Liberty print dresses. The teddies can also be customised with dresses to match a Liberty print fabric used for other wedding outfit accessories, and several of our brides have recently chosen to swap flowers for teddies for flower girls. Cute and special!

Summer holiday wardrobe essentials for girls

Liberty Print Mauvey top and shorts set (£59)
With the summer holiday season fast approaching, our new Liberty print Mauvey top and shorts set makes a fantastic addition to any girl’s summer wardrobe. The adorable set, which is perfect for running around in but still looks smart, includes an A-line shaped top handmade in white fine cotton fabric with Liberty print trimming and a matching puff shorts. To complete the summer look, the cute set can be worn with a matching sun hat (£22).

Liberty print Mauvey Top and Shorts Set

Liberty Print Katie blouse and skirt set (£75)
Girls who enjoy dressing up in pretty clothes will love the new handmade Liberty print Katie blouse and skirt set, which is incredibly versatile and looks beautiful for summer. The classic cotton Liberty print blouse has practical ¾ length sleeves, and the matching skirt is gathered with a layer of netting attached to the lining. Gorgeous and colourful!

Liberty print Katie Blouse and Skirt Set

Liberty Print Olivia blouse and Loveday skirt set (£75)
Every girl needs flattering summer clothes that are easy to wear, and the Liberty print Olivia blouse and Loveday skirt set makes a fantastic holiday outfit. The set, which can be paired with one of our handknitted cardigans for colder days, includes a classic, handmade, cotton blouse with a pretty Liberty print Peter Pan collar and binding on the sleeves and a matching Liberty print Loveday skirt. Perfect for travelling and eating out over the summer!

Liberty print Olivia blouse and Loveday skirt set

3 top ideas for bespoke summer outfits for girls and boys

With the school holiday fast approaching and families getting ready for special summer occasions, we have been busy making beautiful summer outfits for little ones.

Here are three beautiful examples of bespoke summer outfits:

Bespoke Liberty print party dresses
Sine there are so many beautiful Liberty prints on offer, some customers decide to choose their own prints, and we’ve recently made these stunning summer dresses–a party dress in the Lodden print and an Alice dress in the Glenjade print. Gorgeous and unique!

Girls Bespoke Party Dresses Sue Hill

Bespoke baby girl summer outfits
For families planning to spend time in the sun, it can be ideal to have beautiful baby outfits made in a fun print with matching accessories. We recently made this adorable set for a baby girl, who can now vary between wearing a cute romper and a pair of shorts with a scallop edge together with her matching sun hat and teddy. Sweet and practical for the summer months!

Baby Girl Bespoke summer clothes Sue Hill

Bespoke boys shorts and shirt set
Smart holiday outfits for boys can be difficult to find, but with our bespoke service we custom-make sets for boys in Liberty prints. We recently made this pretty shorts and shirt set for one customer in the lovely Samols sail boat Liberty print. The custom-made shirt has a back-button opening and collar at the front. A wonderful summer outfit!

Bespoke Boys Summer Outfit

New baby boy summer outfits for christenings and weddings

Jasper check shirt and linen romper shorts (£79)
For summer christenings and weddings, baby boys will look adorable in our new Jasper check shirt and linen romper shorts set. The cute boys outfit, handmade in 100% cotton and 100% linen, includes a shirt made as a onesie, meaning it is practical for babies and looks neat, and romper pants with elasticated waist for added comfort for baby. Sweet and summery!

Jasper Check Shirt and Linen Romper Set

James shirt and shorts set (£89)
Our popular James shirt and shorts set is now available in a stone beige colour and looks beautiful for special occasions over the summer months. The stunning outfit, handmade in 100% cotton, also includes a peter pan collar shirt made as a onesie to keep baby’s clothes neat, and a comfortable romper shorts with braces. The little shirt also has a cute pocket, which can be personalised with initials, for example, to make it truly unique for a big day like a wedding or christening.

James shirt and shorts set Sue Hill

Rocking Horse romper (£69)
This season, we’ve also added an adorable, white Rocking Horse romper to our baby collection, and this also makes the perfect outfit for a little one looking to arrive in style at a summer wedding or christening. The beautiful outfit, handmade in 100% cotton, has a textured pique collar and piping in the waist, as well as a rocking horse machine embroidered on the bodice.

Sue Hill rocking_horse_romper

Sailing Boat romper (£69)
For a nautical look, our charming baby boy sailing boat romper makes an excellent choice for a summer event, such as a wedding or christening. The romper, handmade in 100% cotton, has contrast navy blue piping on the collar and the sailing boat is hand-embroidered on the yoke. Classic and stylish!

Sailing Boat Romper