Post # 1
Sooo when my dress was ordered (It’s the Allure 8558) the dress was a bit long, but my consultant and I figured that smoe heels and some added tulle underneath would be just fine and there was no reason to pay the extra cost for a hollow hem.
Well the closer the dress gets to coming in, the more concerned I am that the dress is going to be too long and because of the lace we won’t be able to shoten the length… especially since the shoes I tried the dress on in were 4in heels…i thought they were 3.5 so I thought that height or a 4 would be what I would need…so now I need 4 -4.5 in heels…not only are the dream wedding shoes I found no longer an option…but holy sore feet batman! Those are gonna be some serious w-day heels!
Ok well long story short, I am jsut wondering if anyone has even had a lace dress shortened/hemmed without ordering it as a hollow hem?? How did it turn out?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2020 - Oakland Manor
I have no idea if mine was or was not or what they type of hem was called. But the trim lace was seperate from the dress lace so you carefully detach the hem lace and move it higher. Good luck!
Post # 4
A friend of mine had this done. The seamstress removed the scallop-edge, shortened the dress and sewed the edge back on. I think it’s pretty common, just time consuming and increases the alterations price.
Post # 5
Did the trim lace come seperately? Or did the seamstress remove it and move it up?
Post # 6
I have no idea either. But I am having mine ordered in petite (3″ shorter) and I will probably still need it hemmed. It has a detailed scalloped lace edge to it that will need to be removed and moved up. Not sure if that’s what you’re talking about but it is done all the time. :o)
Post # 7
Oh ok. Well that makes me feel a little better. Hopefully the lace can just be easily removed. And the largest alterations package includes EVERYTHING…so that should fall under everything.
Post # 8
Wow. I shouldn’t have read this. I don’t even know what a hollow hem is and now I’m worried my dress alterations are going to be a nightmare because I’m a shorty. Blergh.
Post # 9
Oh no, I didn’t mean to scare anyone! Don’t listen to me! I am an OCD worry wart. I’m sure it will be fine!
Post # 10
I’m sure it’s doable to move it. Even if it as not sewn on separately, it would still be possible for a talented alterations person to move it for you.
Post # 11
i’m sure it will be fine, you could always call the dress store and ask….
Post # 12
I have a lace dress with scalloped edging like you. My bridal salon has always said that they could alter then length no problem. I think they take fabric from above the scallop edge and fold over and sew so the edging still shows. I may be wrong, but I don’t think they will cut the lace bottom off and reattach.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Ceremony, Cultural Hall Reception
First, the dress is beautiful. Second, I always say that there is no sense in worrying until there is something to worry about! Try to relax – your worries might be totally unjustified!
Post # 14
My dress has a lace hem too. A good seamstress will have no problem hemming your dress without losing any detail. When I first asked my consultant (who was the owner of the store) she gave me one of those sly “oh we have our tricks” responses, and I trusted her. Then once my actual dress was in and I went back to try it on, the owner’s mother helped me and she spilled the beans, it was cute 🙂 Just like everyone is saying- they carefully cut along the hem lace, cut the dress to the correct length and re-sew the pretty hem back on. Apparently you’ll never know the difference.
You might remember on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress, they kept getting a girl’s veil wrong. So they were down to the wire and they went to the seamstress with 2 veils and said “we need this lace put on to that veil”, and she had it done in a couple hours.
Post # 15
I don’t think you need to get taller shoes. You can alter the scallop hem by moving it up. Also, I can definitely attest that adding anything under the dress will raise the hem significantly!
Post # 16
The alterations on my lace dress were no big sweat – I think this is something they run into a lot. Happy thoughts! It’s a beautiful dress!