(Closed) Any bees with hallow-to-hem experience?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I did the hollow to hem measurement for my Mori Lee gown.  They had 3 lenghts to choose from and I ended up going with the shortest one (I’m 5’5″).  When I was measured I wore 1 inch heels and I was prepared to switch to flats if the dress came in a bit short.  When the dress came in it was actually a bit longer than I thought it would be so I’m just going to get some 2.5in heels. 

Do you have any specific questions??

Post # 5
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I dont have personal experience — but I was a bridesmaid in a wedding where the bride did hallow to hem … just be sure, as DaisyBride mentioned, to factor in the height of heel you want to use.

Post # 6
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I did a hollow-to-hem measurement for my Casablanca gown (I am 5’1″ and plan on wearing 1″ heels).  The dress came in needing some adjustment in the length of the straps, and I decided to take the hem up one more inch as it was just brushing the floor and my wedding is outside.  Other than that, it fit perfectly.

Post # 7
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I did a hallow-to-hem on my Paloma Blanca dress.  I made sure to rush the shoe shopping so that I would the right shoes when I went for my measurements.  However, 6 months later when the dress came in, it was 7 inches too long!!!  When we looked into the issue a little more closely, turns out the girl who was taking my measurements put the wrong length down on the order form.  AND the length on the dress didn’t even match what was ordered!  DOUBLE MISTAKES!  I spoke to the manager and they assured me that alterations could be done without compromising the dress and that the costs of the alterations would be charged back to the manufacturer (I think they didn’t bother telling Paloma Blanca that they ALSO made a mistake).  In the end, my dress looks great.  I wasn’t happy about what happened but it all worked out. 

I heard that it is quite common for these kinds of things to happen when ordering hallow-to-hem.  It’s no guarantee you will the right length.  What’s the point int hat???

Post # 8
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I did this for a Priscilla of Boston dress because it had a skirt with tiered lace that had to be made to your proportion. I did wear the exact shoes and had the manager measure me, and it came back perfect. They charged me some ridiculous amount for this on top of the cost of the dress, but for that style it was worth it. I think it *can* be altered after the fact but is a really big job and so you should plan for it to be just right, taken with the right shoes, and then only get alterations if they mess up, which hopefully won’t happen!

Post # 10
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I did hallow to hem specs for my Casablanca and never had to touch the hem length again. Woohoo for saving some alterations money!

Post # 13
3 posts
  • Wedding: June 2017

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I am not sure if you’ll see this, but I am debating ordering Alvina Valenta 9612, but was worried about the hollow to hem measurement. I’m about 5’4″ but I love how long the bodice goes down on my legs, but was worried if they just cut of the bottom layer of tulle it’ll throw the proportions of the skirt off. Any advice? Thanks! 


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