I need some opinions on a scenario that occurred with my dress when I ordered from the salon. (And, I also want to describe my situation in case other brides are thinking about doing the same with a similar design of dress). It's a mermaid dress and has beading at the neckline (which is a sweetheart neckline, so the beading goes into a "V" shape) AND beading at the waist. On the sample I tried at the salon (below picture) you can see there was a small area of material/space between the two beading designs (the point of the "V" did not touch the beading at the waist).
My consultant recommended I get the hollow to hem measurement done so the length could be altered right away (and because it's a lace dress). Me, having no prior knowledge of how this is done or other options for altering the length, agreed.
Well, I now know that the hollow to hem alteration is done for a lace dress by taking the material out of the bodice. Considering the beading I had on my dress, the "V" of the neckline beading now TOUCHES the beading at the waist (see actual dress received below). On top of that, this makes the dress sit lower on my torso, giving "bustier" look than the sample and most importantly, not feeling as secure up there. (I don't think it looks "bad", just different than what I originally saw and because it affects fit as well, it's even more frustrating).
My tailor is trying to help adjust - which really just amounts to tightening the bodice area to make it more secure as material can't be added back in - and trying to pull the dress upward on my torso to adjust the waist beading down (which was my original thought) won't work since the mermaid design is so specifically contoured to start.
I guess my prompt to you all is if I have a right to be frustrated with the salon for recommending something like that for a dress that has that type of beading at the bodice (my tailor has said he could hem from the bottom if I needed it). I would have complained about it more before I took the dress out of the store had I known that the tailor couldn't fix/adjust the bodice issues I saw in store (which they repeatedly said he should be able to - this is a tailor they recommend all their brides go to). Now I fear that the tailor won't be able to make it fit correctly, and that I'm screwed in terms of being able to complain to the salon since I already signed the receipt and took it out of the store. But again, I would have never done that if I knew the tailor really couldn't change those things.
I've sent an email to the corporate office of the salon, but haven't received a reply. My wedding is in December, and my dress took 5 months to come the first time - I would LOVE if they would just re-order my dress WITHOUT the hollow to hem and put a rush on it for my trouble. But, not holding my breath.
Sucks you only have one chance to do this stuff right, so if anything else, I hope other brides find this helpful if they are also considering a dress with bodice detailing.