Post # 1
I wanted advice before going ahead and ordering this dress. I am very short, only 4’11 and the gal at the bridal salon said that I wouldn’t need to get the hollow to hem because they should just cut off the extra length during alternations. If I choose to go ahead with the hollow to hem sizing then it will cost me an extra $100.
The bottom of the dress is plain so I see what she means by me not really needing it but what do you think? I also didn’t want a super long train so I would be cutting off some of the length from that as well.
Does anyone know of any other dresses that look similar to this that may not have the long train?
in this first picture, the dress was tucked under so it doesnt seem that long..
in this picture Im standing on top of something and you can see how much longer it is..
I was also thinking of changing this to a corset back so it could define my waist a little more, what do you think?
Post # 4
@angcamp84: Did the shop tell you it would cost $100? I was told by 2 separate shops that are Casablanca retailers that there is NO fee to have the hem to hollow done by Casablanca.
Post # 5
@SneakyBee: yes thats what I was told.
Post # 6
I am a Casbalanca bride as well and was also told that this designer does not charge for the hollow to hem. I would contact your bridal shop and ask about it, it should not cost you any extra money.
Post # 7
@angcamp84: I’m a bridal consultant and we sell Casablanca dresses and while I don’t feel comfortable sharing what my shop charges for a hollow to hem, it is less than $100 and I was told that what we charge is cost (i.e. we make no profit off of the hollow to hem). Casablanca can also customize the length of a train for you. Unless your shop has a great seamstress who is drastically UNDERcharging clients, then I think it would be far less expensive to have a hollow to hem (even if you are charged $100 for it) and the train made to a custom length than to pay the seamstress to do it. It is more expensive to have the train shortened (since it’s a customization) but probably less than having several layers of chiffon, lining, and crinoline hemmed. The shop should be able to call up Casablanca and get a quote for that customization for you.
Post # 8
I hate to say it, but I think you might be getting ripped off. Casablanca does not charge for hollow to hem, and their custom changes are very very inexpensive compared to what any dress shop will charge you.
Ex: I had one bridal shop early on tell me that it would be $99 to put in a built in bra, know how much it actually costs?? $5 a cup!!!! If you have the dress number I would shop around- just saying…Good Luck 🙂
Post # 9
I think it could be hemmed easily without a special ordered hem.
I had a very intricate lace hem on my Casablanca that would have been a real PITA to hem. I just added a crinoline and picked it up to walk. Ordering a new dress was not an option (it was an older sample dress).
Post # 10
I had Casablanca do my hollow-to-hem AND zipper to corset change and I think it was $150 for the HTH and $250 for the corset. Maybe it varies by region? I really hope I didnt get ripped off by my salon, but my dress did just come in and its so amazing. I felt so much better that the changes were being done by the designer that at the end of they day, even if I was ripped off, the $500 was worth the peace of mind.
Post # 11
I had my casablanca done hollow to hem and I customized the dress to have a corset back. No charge for thee HTH but 180 for the corset.
the bridal shop said casablanca does HTH for free