The Beautiful Tradition of Hand Smocked Dresses

Sue Hill is all about tradition, quality and style for babies and children. We pride ourselves on our high standards of workmanship and service which is essential to satisfy the ever more demanding market. Every item we make is made with the utmost care – from hand picking the fabrics, threads, embroidery and trims to making the paper patterns, cutting the fabric and then passing to our very talented dressmakers.

And then there are our smocked dresses……………… not a machine in sight for this job, just a very talented lady who hand pleats and smocks each dress with the utmost precision. Each hand smocked baby dress is then finished with delicate rosebud embroidery or if you request a bespoke dress, we can offer a range of alternative embroidery to adorn the smocking. The bubble rompers below are for newborn twins in the UK.

In fact we now do so much bespoke work worldwide which we love as it adds great variety to our working day and allows us to be creative with our customers. Sending swatches, emailing embroidery ideas and sourcing new fabrics are part of our every day activities. The girls hand smocked dresses below are for a loyal customer in the USA.


Our own collection of hand smocked baby dresses can be found on our website We carry stock of each one for immediate delivery or if you fancy something different…. just call or email us! +441825 831883





Traditional Page Boy Outfits – Hand Made in the UK

With recent wedding trends leaning towards the more traditional clothing for flower girls and page boys, especially following Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s appearance at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews last year, we have seen a surge in orders for our traditional double breasted peter pan collar page boy shirt and silk page boy knickerbockers. We now make many variations on this style offering the junior wedding party options in both cotton and silk.

Our Charles Page Boy Outfit ( left) is hand made in pure silk. The set includes a silk double breasted shirt with contrast piping and buttons, silk knickerbockers and matching silk cummerbund. The complete outfit is priced from £195, which is very competitively priced. It is offered in a great variety of colours and swatches of silk can be sent out on request so that you can match your wedding theme shades. The Henry Page Boy Outfit (right) offers the same look but in pure cotton, priced from £155 for the complete outfit, it is excellent value.

If you want to match your page boys with the flower girls, we can offer advice on styles that blend and match the silk flower girl sashes with the page boy outfit colours. Or why not go for different shades – blue for the boys and pink for the girls! There are so many options and we are happy to help in any way. Feel free to call us on 01825 831883 or email To see our complete collection of Page Boy Outfits and Flower Girl Dresses, visit our website We also offer a bespoke service and we ship worldwide.


Our New Website for Children’s Special Occasion wear!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHurray! we have just launched our brand new website We decided that our special occasion collections are now so popular  that they deserved a section of their own!

The new Sue Hill Clothing website offers all our creations by category including flower girl dresses, page boy outfits, communion dresseschristening for girls and christening for boys

We offer a hand made, made to measure service at realistic prices! Every piece we make is hand made in the UK by our own dressmakers.We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and we hope that our new About Us page will show you exactly who we are and what we love to do best!

Our Happy Customers and Testimonials pages show our customers’ real experiences.

We also offer a bespoke service and ship worldwide! If you want to contact us, we’d love to hear from you!


New First Communion Dress Styles For this Season

Having talked to many mums and daughters, we have just added three new styles to our Communion Dress Collection so that we now offer a really broad range of communion dresses to suit all tastes. All hand made to order by our own dressmakers, you can even supply us with measurements to ensure the perfect fit on the day – all included in the website price!

Our Belle Lace Dress below is the ultimate in pretty and elegant. This beautiful lace layering and 3/4 sleeve detail makes it so special. Available in ivory only £195 in ages 6 and over


If you prefer something much simpler, we have introduced the Florence Chiffon Dress which is  simple classic shape with small embellishment. Really suitable for those who don’t like dressing up too much! Available in white or ivory £139 in age 6 and over


For more information and to see our complete collection, visit our website and click on our Communion Dress section. We also have those essential accessories such as our hand knitted Bolero or Faux Fur Cape in case there is still a chill in the air.

As well as our bolero and Faux fur cape, featured below  are- Sophia Dress, hand made in silk and silk organza with silk organza 3/4 sleeve £190 in age 6 and over.

Ava Dress – hand made in silk and layers of tulle with silk sash £169 in age 6 and over

If you would like to discuss your requirements, we would love to hear from you! Call us on +44 (0)1825 831883 or email us on and we will offer help and advice. You can also visit us in our showroom in East Sussex.  We require 6-8 weeks to make the dream dress.

How to Find the Holy Communion Dress of your Dreams


Above  left Ava Dress – silk bodice with layers of tulle £159. Right Amy Tulle Dress – cotton with spot tulle overlay and sleeves £139

There are so many different styles of Holy Communion Dresses to choose from. Some, to be honest, look a little too grown up, fussy or look just like a bridal gown! In our Communion Dress Collection, we have tried to bridge the gap between what she wants and what mum finds acceptable so both agree and choose the perfect dress.

The beauty of our service is that we make all our dresses to order and so you can add, take away, change the sleeve, adjust the desired length etc. If the changes are within reason, there is no extra charge, but otherwise, we can give you the cost option for exactly what you want.

The other advantage of our service is that the dress will fit perfectly so if your little darling is not an average 8 year old, you can let us know and we can ask you for some key measurements. These measurements will be compared to our standard patterns and then adjusted accordingly, thus ensuring the perfect fit for that big day.

Above left Jemima Dress – cotton bodice with lots of layers of tulle and netting £159. Right Gabriella Dress – Lace overlay bodice with silk skirt £205

If you want a accessories to match, you only need to ask! We can make almost anything from the same fabrics, lace, tulle or trims. We will just cost it on request and give you the option to order.Our hand knitted bolero (£59) is also perfect to keep that spring chill at bay.

Sue, as designer and Naomi, as pattern maker, are always on hand to offer advice if you want to call or email. We are also happy to post out any swatches before you order to make sure it is exactly as you want it. After it is such a special day and we realise the importance of getting it right! We like to have 6-8 weeks before the required delivery date but if you have left it a little late, don’t worry, we can always prioritise your order.

Contact us on +44 (0)1825 831883 or email us

Wedding Planning? Don’t Forget the Flower Girls and Page Boys!

There are hundreds of Wedding Planner Guides out there but almost none mention when to sort out the little ones! On your month by month plan, do add in some time to buy their outfits – at least eight weeks before. Sometimes, if they are not local to you, this takes a little more planning to meet up and try on some styles, and to see what works for you and them (this is especially important for the little girls as their  feelings always show!)

A lot of our brides have a definite idea of what they want before they consult us and some just want to see what will suit the little ones involved. The beauty of our service is that we offer a bespoke service so you can mix and match our styles to have exactly what you want.

We recommend that you look at our website or come to our showroom in East Sussex to get an idea of what you want. If you would like to coordinate the sash colour of their dresses with the adult bridesmaids, we have a selection of over fifty colours to choose from. We can arrange to post out swatches to you for you to colour match with the bridesmaids, flowers etc.


The Jemima dress (above) is our most popular dress – layers of tulle for a magical look and choice of silk sash colour included in the price – from £159. To see all our dress styles and page boy outfits, visit our Wedding Section 

The process of ordering is easy – we need at least eight weeks before the required date to make the patterns and add to our production schedule.  If online, order the style you like and if you are confident that the children are a standard size, go with their age for the size. Our clothing is pretty standard on sizing. If, however, you have a super skinny one and a very tall one, then it is best to provide us with their measurements and we can make them so they fit perfectly on the day. If you want to do this, just order as usual and follow up with an email saying that you would like to give us measurements. We will then ask to contact the mums and ask for the key measurements we require. Naomi, our pattern maker will then compare their measurements with our patterns and adjust accordingly. There is no extra charge for this. It’s as simple as that!


Our silk George shorts  (£79) and matching cummerbund (£33) with either our silk peter pan shirt (£69) or pure cotton peter pan shirt  (£49) is our most popular page boy outfit

If you come to the showroom ( by appointment only), situated in the village of Five ashes, nr Mayfield, E. Sussex, Sue will take measurements for each dress or page boy oufit, help with choosing the sash colour and advise on any other matter. Sue is always patient and helpful and will make it as enjoyable as possible for both the girls and boys (boys generally aren’t so keen!!)

Our bespoke service allows you to create your own vision. Some of our brides have seen a sleeve shape they like or a lace trim they would like to add or maybe a sash in a favourite Liberty print. All this is possible as we can source new fabrics and make the pattern especially for you. Prices for this service vary according to the fabrics required and man hours to create it. But wherever possible, we try to keep the cost in line with our other styles. If you would like to discuss your ideas with us, please call us on +44 (0)1825 831883 or email us –



Vintage Style Knitwear for Autumn

As we are approaching autumn and the sun is cooling, it’s time to think about what to wear when it’s not so warm but still not cold enough for a winter coat. Our hand knitted coats are perfect for this time of year as you can just pop them on over a t-shirt or short sleeved dress. Then when it gets colder through the months to Christmas, layer it over some cosy woollens.

All our girls knitted coats are hand knitted in our own merino cashmere blend, made for us in Italy in our own exclusive muted shades.

Our Shawl Collared Coat is one of our best sellers as it is styled like a cardi coat or coatigan so suitable for everyday wear on any occasion. The inspiration for this coat came from a pattern from the ’40s which Sue adapted to the current style and yarn. Available in sizes 2-3y to 6-7y from £75.


Shawl Collar Coat in soft plum

Another best selling style is our Classic Swing Coat which was inspired by a baby pram coat pattern form the ’50s. Sue adapted the pattern so it is now made up to age 5-6yrs in pink and soft plum.


Pale pink Classic Swing Coat with matching beanie and scarf

Finally, the most versatile of all is our hooded poncho, made in all sizes from 0-12m to 5-6yrs in three shades of our merino cashmere blend.


Girls hooded poncho in berry

If you would like any more information about our hand knitted collection for babies, toddlers, boys and girls, visit our website


Greetings for a Royal 90th Birthday

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On Saturday 11th June, the Royal family observed the Trooping the Colour parade from the Buckingham Palace balcony, marking the official birthday of the Queen.

As always Prince George and Princess Charlotte were dressed in a traditional style. The short sleeved blue trimmed Peter Pan shirt with matching blue shorts is the exact same outfit his father Prince William wore to Prince Harry’s christening in 1984.

It’s not the first time Prince George has appeared in his father’s style. For George’s first appearance on the balcony, he wore a pale blue outfit trimmed with white frills, which was very similar to one worn by Prince William as a child.


Dress up your little Prince in a Sue Hill James shirt and romper shorts set. The shirt onesie has a Peter Pan collar and breast pocket trimmed with pale blue piping worn with shorts and button down braces.

Princess Charlotte was dressed in a sweet embroidered pale pink smocked dress with a bow clip in her hair. Our hand smoked rosebud dress is very similar to the dress pictured.

Princess-charlotte-waves-buckingham-palacepink_smocked_dressThis pretty baby girls dress is beautifully hand smocked across the chest with hand embroidered rose detail. Perfect for any family occasion.

Our pink bow Mary Jane shoes handmade by Ickle Shooz are similar to Charlotte’s. These soft leather baby shoes are individually handmade in the UK by shoemaker Nigel Bolton.