(Closed) Hollow to hem/hemming lace

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve heard that usually lace dresses have to be shortened at the waist, not the hem, since the edge of lace can’t really be cut. If there’s a seam at the waist or under the bust, it can be take up from there.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Amaryllis: I would think it would be possible; the only thing would be if the pattern of the lace didn’t match up it might be noticeable (depending on how much you had taken in. Also, you’d probably want the sash attached/sewn on so it couldn’t shift and expose the seam.

ETA: Not speaking from personal experience here, but I wonder if lace will be more expensive to have altered, just because it’s lace. Adding a seam will probably not be cheap, if you’re keeping alteration budget in mind. Maybe get a quote from your tailor pre-purchasing?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I bought a Pronovias Nalon sample and needed to have it hemmed quite a bit and it had a scalloped hem.  They pulled up some of the applicates and just cut the scallop and re sewed it back on…I can provide some pictures of the finished job if you want

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m not really sure what the measurements are, but I’m 5’0 and my dress has lace on the bottom and it was ordered hollow to hem. The length is perfect and I don’t have to do any alterations for the length. If you have the option, I would recommend doing that.

I want to say I was measured from under my armpits for the length.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Amaryllis: Is she a professional seamstress? I assume you’ll check with her to make sure she’s comfortable doing such complex alterations! πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t see why not…I would think they could find some pretty lace that matches and sew it on when they hem it for you

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Amaryllis: I would be careful cutting at the waist–esp. if the gown is fitted, the seamstress would have to match lace AND add darts to match the curves below the waist. So it would be quite tricky.

 ETA: I agree with @Ireland, using the same lace to make a separate edge piece for the bottom of the hem might be the best way to go!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Amaryllis: Cool! πŸ™‚

It would have sucked big time if you’d bought a dress only to find your tailor wasn’t comfortable altering it πŸ˜€

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think it equates to 6′.

I’m about 5’11” and just measured my hollow to hem and it was roughly 60″.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

The hallow to hem is basically from about the base of your neck to the bottom of your heel (http://www.perfect-bridesmaid-dresses.com/how-to-measure.html)  So the length of your neck, head, and shoe heel height will change what the height measurement is.  For the lace, how about just cutting the lace at the bottom and presserving the scallop to reattach.  I imagine it being something like when the seamstress keeps the original hem when you alter denium jeans. 

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