(Closed) Can Anyone Explain Hollow To Hem???

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

This is hollow to hem: 


I ordered my gown with H2H measurement because it had scalloped lace on the bottom edge and no seam at the waist, so it would be very difficult to alter for height. Make sure your H2H is measured with the shoes you plan to wear with the dress! 


Post # 4
8445 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

From what I understand you only need to specify a hollow to hem measurement if your dress has a lot of detailing that would be cut off by a normal hemming. Basically they order it in your exact height so it does not need to be hemmed at all.

Post # 5
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

So basically, it’s not just how tall you are, but how long the gown needs to be when you are wearing it. Does that help? 

Post # 6
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

It’s basically the length from the bottom of your neck to the floor. Depending on the type of dress you’re ordering you may or may not need a H2H measurement.

For example, my dress has a ton of beading along the bottom. Because I am so short if I had ordered my dress without a H2H measurement I would have lost most of bottom beading after getting it hemmed. Getting a H2H measurement meant the length of the dress is custom made to my height and won’t need to be hemmed at all.

Hope that helps!

Post # 7
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I believe H2H (from what I can remember from when they measured me) is from the bottom of your neck (your hollow? lol) to your feet. They measured me H2H with my shoes for the dress on because it’s about how long the dress needs to be. When my dress came in the length was perfect and it’s a good thing because it was scalloped, beaded and a princess cut with no waist seam. 

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