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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > where to get hook & eye to bustle wedding dress train ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 3/13/13 10:41 PM

Does anyone know where I can order a hook & eye to use to bustle (hook up) the train on a wedding dress? I hear good reports on Wawak, but you have to order 144 sets (144?!!-LOL). I'd probably order 6 or 8, but I only need one set right now. It needs to be sturdy enough to hold a fairly heavy train.

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Date: 3/14/13 0:20 AM

I've used a small fur closure hook but it was hidden under a lace motif that I left unsewn to the fabric at that spot.

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Date: 3/14/13 10:11 AM

That's a good idea, but on this dress, there aren't any "extras" that I could hide the hook or eye under, just all-over lace with no pleats or extra lace motifs. I've found fur hooks but only in black and brown. I'm hoping someone can point me to a source for white ones. She wants the train fastened to the outside of the dress, which eliminates using ribbon ties.

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Date: 3/14/13 11:22 AM

I have left a button hole size hole in the center back seam to put the ribbons or other fastener through when the time comes, and that way everything is inside until then.

All of the gowns that I have bustled, I have used the largest silver hooks readily available, and sewn them on with upolstery thread. I also made thread loops.
I have never had a problem, except sometimes the attendants cannot find the attatchments, so now I put a small bit of embroidery cotton in a pastel colour on the wrong side of the skirt, were the attachments are, so they can check on the right side. Sounds a bit odd, but it works....This was done after I was at one of the weddings, and they had to call me to help. What I saw when I arrive was 2 bridesmaids under the dress and one on top...THEY HAD A FLASHLIGHT!!!!

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Date: 3/14/13 2:04 PM

I have some white fur hooks .... PM me your address and I'll stick 2 sets in the mail to you. I can't remember where I found them, I'm sure I ordered on line.

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Date: 3/15/13 1:46 PM

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That's a good idea, but on this dress, there aren't any "extras" that I could hide the hook or eye under, just all-over lace with no pleats or extra lace motifs. I've found fur hooks but only in black and brown. I'm hoping someone can point me to a source for white ones. She wants the train fastened to the outside of the dress, which eliminates using ribbon ties.

I did a short train this method and I used satin covered button and made thread crochet loops from buttonhole twist. The buttons were on a card at Joanns.

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Date: 3/15/13 1:49 PM

I also use the buttons and the crochet thread loops, with an applique ontop to "hide" the loop.

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Date: 3/15/13 11:20 PM

Thanks for all the replies, and special thanks to Kathi R for your kind offer! I have painted a large silver hook with white nail polish and plan to use a thread loop to hook it on to.
Extra note: The two wedding dresses that I'm altering right now are both all-over lace and are NOT strapless! One has wide lace bands over the shoulders and the other has a halter neck. The prom dress I worked on last week also had straps. I hope this means that strapless dresses are on the way out-they're hard to fit in the bodice and really aren't flattering on most girls. (IMHO, but I'm old, so what do I know about style? LOL)

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Date: 3/15/13 11:54 PM

I know... We had a long discussion elsewhere on how much the new non-strapless styles were appreciated and how long we had waited for the demise of all the,boobage and spillage.There really is nothing more flattering than a beautiful neckline,graceful sleeves. LOL about the bridesmaids with flashlights!

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Date: 3/16/13 8:14 PM

How funny! I guess you got them straightened out, after you stopped laughing? Marking where the attachments are on the wrong side is a good idea! I probably need to do that too.

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