(Closed) How would a seamstress hem up a dress with scalloped laced hem?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I didn’t have to do this since I got measured hollow to hem with a scalloped bottom, but from what I understand, they have to take it up from elsewhere in the gown, like from the waistlie. And for that type of alteration, I would only go to a bridal seamstress. 

By The Way: Stunning dress. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I believe they would simply take it up at the waist instead of the hem. I say that like it is easy but I would make sure to go to someone who knows what they are doing because I think (and I’m possibly wrong) but it is significantly more involved because they have to basically take it apart at the top. I LOVE that dress though!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@chasesgirl:  Correct, plus if you have intricate lace or any beading, they will have to re-bead by hand at the waistline. It can become very complicated. I would definitely not trust someone who doesn’t routinely work with wedding gowns. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Mine hemmed it from the waist. There is still a seperated waistline so she should be able to easily hem it from the waist. Mine had an intricate lace hem and hace on the train and she was still able to do it. Make sure you take it to a seamstress that knows what she is doing with that waistline though because it isn’t just a straight across line. You want the, waves(?) to come out looking the same and that is delicate work.

 

And talk to your seamstress about how you want the hem to look. If you are wanting a longer back, that is easy to do. Mine made sure it was slightly shorter in the front so it was easy to walk with or without heels and left the back as long as possible.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Others are correct in that they’ll hem from the waist – just wanted to say your dress is gorgeous!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My dress has a scalloped lace hem.  I don’t need it shortened, but my seamstress said that if I did they could remove the scallops, shorten it, then sew them back on for $150.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center

I also have a scalloped lace hem and I went to the tailor last week and he said it could not be hemmed without ruining the integrity of the dress. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Wow, what dress is that? It’s gorgeous!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My dress is similar to this but is one continuous piece of lace. I lucked out that with shoes on it is the perfect length, but they told me that if they had to hem it, it’s a ton of work and basically they would have to take apart the entire dress. There were no seams at the waist or anything. It can be done, it’s just a lot tougher. 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My dress had a scalloped lace/bead hem and was impossible to alter at the waist.  What they did was cut the bottom scalloped portion off and sew it back on where the dress needed to hit the ground.  They sewed right along the shape of the pattern in the lace scallops so you could never tell it was cut off and moved.  

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