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.


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


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.


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


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!


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 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.



A Sprinkle of Fairy Dust for the Boys

For the boys this spring/summer, we have chosen the seasonal Liberty print called Fairydust. It is fun and already proving very popular!

For baby boys, we have included our classic Liberty Print Romper  (£49) in this print. Ideal as a newborn gift for the summer months or for baby’s first occasion such as a wedding or family event.


We have also combined a short sleeved shirt in Fairydust print with navy linen dungaree shorts  (£74) to make a great summer outfit for any occasion.



Big brother or cousin can also have a Fairydust shirt (£45) They are available up to age 9-10y with navy linen  shorts too (£39)!


Don’t delay, order now and have that special outfit for Easter holidays in the bag!




Party Pastels For Spring

We’re thrilled to reveal our Spring 16 collection! We have chosen the best of the Liberty print pastels for this season, combining some new classic prints with a SS16 seasonal selection.



One of our strong favourites is the Gracey print which we have chosen in a delicate pale blue colourway. It is so pretty and not pink! Combining with lace and soft delicate tulle, we reckon this print will be a winner throughout spring and summer.

We have designed our Gracey Tulle party dress in a baby and a girls style. The baby Gracey Tulle Party dress  (£69) has a Liberty print bodice, peter pan collar and puff sleeves with layers of soft delicate blue tulle over a cotton lining and a grosgrain ribbon and bow to finish it off. A fabulous dress for any special occasion this season!


The bigger girls version of the Gracey Tulle Party Dress  (£79/£89 in age 2-3y to 9-10y) is sleeveless with a drop waist and layers of blue tulle and a button loop opening at the back. Perfect for dressing up for a summer party or wedding.

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Watch this space for more sneak peeks at our new collection! Alternatively, you can can go straight to our New Season section on the website to see the collection so far.



How Very British!

Last weekend we visited London and watched the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace – for about the fifth time! My son ( almost 12 now) is obsessed with the guards, regiments and all the rituals and performance. He is familiar with every stage of the proceedings and I must admit, I also love the atmosphere and the pageantry!

For more information on this event, go to the official website of The British Monarchy

No other country does such an event with so much grandeur and boy, does it attract the tourists!

I can really identify with the Britishness of it all as we really do pride ourselves on the fact that all our clothing is hand made in the UK. It takes a lot more effort and time to have each cardigan or sweater, baby dress or boy’s shirt  made individually by our highly skilled team of ladies but it is worth the effort.

It is no coincidence that our best selling knitwear for baby boys has our version of the guards hand embroidered onto hats, booties and jackets. We chose the summer version of their uniforms which isn’t strictly accurate but looks cute!

This adorable cashmere baby set shows off our guardsmen really well and is perfect for any occasion. The Soldiers Coat, Flaphat & Booties set is made to order and costs £139 – what a lovely gift for a baby boy!

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If you want a smaller gift or a baby shower gift, our pure cashmere Soldier Beanie is perfect. At just £29 and beautifully wrapped in our signature lilac gift box, it won’t disappoint.

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Or choose one of our personalised baby boy gifts which all have our soldiers embroidered on them. Our personalised nursery cushion  is one of our most popular gifts at £49.

personalised_cushion_boysOr go for our versatile merino cashmere blend Soldier Hooded Jacket   at £59merino cashmere soldiers hooded jacket blue





Custom-made children’s clothes for any occasion

We are quite unique in our field as we offer children’s clothes that are individually hand made by our own dressmakers. This concept allows us to custom make for our customers and produce the outfit they had in mind when they started their search for that perfect dress, christening outfit, flower girl dress or something smart for that big family occasion.

Shown below –  our Lucy Dress with the customer’s modifications – with Liberty print sash, buttons and trim on the sleeves. She also requested matching dresses for the teddies that the flower girls would carry!

We can also arrange to make matching ties, bow ties, cummerbunds and pocket squares.

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We often take calls from mums and grandmas who just cannot find what they want. We run through their ideas, make some helpful suggestions and then ask about sizing. We are happy to post fabric and yarn swatches to match colour themes and can send samples to try for size.

This customer wanted our silk William shirt & romper pants  set made in a  specific colour so we posted swatches for approval. We also monogrammed the shirt and made matching hat and shoes!


Once we have established all the important factors, Sue confirms the order and if it is to be hand knitted in our cashmere or cashmere blend, Sue makes the knitting pattern and sends out to one of her specialist knitters. If it is in Liberty print or or any other quality fabric, Sue hands over the order to Naomi, her pattern maker and runs through the details. Naomi then uses her skills to make the pattern pieces and cuts out the garment to send to one of our specialist dressmakers.

If you would like to discuss your ideas for a custom-made outfit, call us on 01892 513293 or email Sue at