(Closed) Recommend getting Hollow to Hem for a Lace dress?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory

@emj:  i say hollow to hem. depending on what dress you chose it could be SUPER spendy to have it shortened. mine is casablanca as well but mine has a diffent top from the bottom so if i needed it shorteded they could go in the middle and raise it without touching the bottom lace. i got a hollow to hem and it is to come by the end of the month!!! so we will see how accurate it is.

i hate to say that she might have been trying to wiggle more money out of you.

Post # 4
1227 posts
Bumble bee

I have a lace dress with scalloping as well. I was really worried about how they hem this, but my second fitting I couldn’t even tell. 

I personally am glad I didn’t order it hollow to hem (they never asked, and I was kicking myself for not asking if it was available) because shoes make a huge difference, and I know that when I pick up my dress next weekend, it will be the perfect length.  even if you got H2H, it’s no guarentee that you wouldn’t need some form of hemming once you put everything together.

All that to say, i had the same concerns, and how that my lace dress is hemmed, I’ve discovered it was unfounded.

Post # 5
3082 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@SeaSalt:  this post makes me feel so much better. I was worried too and I bought 3 in heels so I’m hoping it’ll all work out ok. No one ever asked me about hollow-hem when I ordered mine either!!! 

Post # 6
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@emj:  I have a casablanca with scalloped lace trim on it and I ordered it Hollow to Hem. I didnt want to take the chance of the lace being ruined. Just make sure that they measure you 2 or 3 times by different people. As long as the measurements are all the same you should be fine. I wouldnt chance them ruining your dress with trying to hem scalloped lace. Its a risk I just wasnt willing to take.

Post # 7
1144 posts
Bumble bee

@emj:  I had that option too but since I didn’t know what shoes I would wear I decided to order the standard hem. Luckily I did because like I imagined, I am not wearing the same shoes I thought I’d wear initially.

As for the lace detail, I don’t know what your dress looks like but I’m getting seamstress to hem my dress from the waist (detach the waist area, bring it up and sew back on) in order to avoid tampering with the edges.

Post # 9
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Which Casablanca?  I had the same issue with mine – on order standard.  The dress i tried on in the salon was WAY too long so i am sure i will need it hemmed (i am 5’8 but wearing flats). 


Post # 10
1227 posts
Bumble bee

@emj:  My last fitting is on Tuesday. I will see if i can take a picture to show you guys. I honestly looked to see where the hem was, and couldn’t see anything.  I would suggest ensuring you have a tailor or seamstress who is experienced with this though. I can’t imagine how tricky it must be ( my tailor said it wasn’t a big deal when I asked him at my first fitting, but he’s also being doing wedding dresses for over 20 years).

He quoted me $200 for my alterations. it might end up being a touch more, but that still seems ok with me.

Post # 11
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Mine is a lace bottomed Casablanca too. I orderd Hollow to Hem because I’m tall, and ordered it with 4″ heels.  I think it was an extra $80 for length..

I was worried about it being too long, but my consultant said to order longer rather than shorter, because there isn’t anywhere on my dress to let it out longer.  If it’s too long, we will put some extra fluff in my crinoline so it doesn’t drag. 

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