What is a hollow to hem?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hollow to hem is when they custom order the gown based on your measurements – from collarbone to the hem. Your bridal store is wrong.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

The store is wrong. The hollow to hem means that the dress’s proportions will be customized to your height so the dress fits you like it’s supposed to. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

A measurement used by some wedding dress designers, representing your particular “hollow” (front center dip/hollow spot in your collarbone, you can feel it) to where you want your gown’s hem to be. Some designers use it, some don’t. If you have the option, use it because it will help customize your dress fit further.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Also I wouldn’t doubt if your bridal store is discouraging you from ordering the Hope This Helps so they can charge you a massive amount for alterations.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

vcoppa0921:  I’m 4’10” and got HTM for my Allure Dress. The dress was made for my proportions vs. the dress just getting chopped from the bottom. It’s better to get Hope This Helps especially if your dress has lace or any intricate beading, and mainly b/c we’re short brides. 

Allure did a great job with the Hope This Helps. And although my bridal shop had great customer service, they did not mention that Hope This Helps was an option. I had to ask the question myself. My alterations would have been really expensive had I gotten them altered by the bridal shop since my entire dress is covered in lace.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

vcoppa0921:  My dress is the Allure Romance 2712 style. My Hope This Helps costs totaled $159 (with tax). Here are pictures from my first fitting. Sorry, they’re not the best pics, but hopefully you can see the dress clearly.

I’ll have to add another post for pictures of how the dress would look like if bustled. For some reason, I can’t seem to add more pics.

 

 

 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  dojx.
Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

vcoppa0921: I’m not sure if your dress will flare out right below your bottom if you do Hope This Helps, but it definitely will flare out higher than where your current dress is (if you’re standing w/o the box).

 

Here are pics of my dress if there was an over bustle added, which is what I’m planning to do.

 

French Bustle

 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  dojx.
Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I ordered my Casablanca dress Hollow to Hem because it as all beading/lace with no seams where anyone would be able to alter it. It maybe came in a little bit too long. I have a long breast bone so that may have been a problem for me. But it all worked out. It fit me like a glove. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway – point of the story is that I paid $100 to order it H2H. If your bridal shop does free alterations and you trust them – why not let them do it? Have you talked to them about how they would take the dress up? See if you agree with they way they would plan to do it. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

vcoppa0921:  Thanks!

Yes, the dress is Hope This Helps. I do have heels on (4.5″ heels). I think I look shorter in the picture just b/c my friend is taller and is angling the camera downward. 

The only alterations I needed done were the bustle and fixing the bust area. I want the sweetheart neckline to have more of a heart shape.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Don’t order hollow to hem unless you in fact know what shoes you intend to wear for the wedding. If you order it too short you wont have a lot to work with. I would just order the petite size if you haven’t picked out shoes yet. The hollow to hem measurement also means no returns and it also tends to cost more.

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