Strapless dresses -- whether it's your wedding dress or an evening gown -- are some of the most difficult and challenging garments to wear. They should fit like a glove and have boning and structure sewn in to stay up and keep the torso covered. A quick fix like a hook and eye can offer that extra bit of protection and security to keep this sometimes uncertain garment in place. A hook and eye fits perfectly just above the zipper on a strapless dress. A few simple sewing implements make this project a cinch.
Turn the strapless dress inside out and zip up the main zipper at the back or side of the dress. You’ll want to place the hook and eye at the top of this main zipper to get the most seamless finish.
Thread a needle with thread that matches your dress. The thread should measure about one-foot long when you are finished threading the needle. Make a double knot at the bottom of the thread to make a secure anchor for the sewing process.
Lay the dress flat with the zipper facing up. Place the hook on the left side of the zipper about a 1/4 inch below the top of the dress with the hook facing up toward you, and the flat part of the hardware sitting against the fabric of the dress. Make sure the hook is facing toward the zipper and the two sewing loops are sitting to your left.
Push the needle through the top sewing loop and through the fabric of the dress. Push the needle back up through the dress fabric so that it comes up through the bottom loop of the hardware. Push the needle down through the fabric of the dress and the top loop of the hardware again. Bring the needle up again so that it goes through the bottom loop of the hardware. Repeat this process another five times or so until the hook feels like it is firmly in place.
Make a loop about three inches wide with the thread lying flat on the dress. Sew a tiny stitch into the fabric of the dress and bring the needle up through the loop of thread. Pull the thread taut to create a knot, and cut off any excess thread.
Place the eye piece of hardware on the right side of the zipper so that it is parallel with the hook on the other side of the zipper. The eye loop should be sitting next to the zipper with the sewing loops to your right.
Thread the needle a second time and push the needle through the top sewing loop and down through the dress fabric. Push the needle back up through the fabric of the dress through the bottom sewing loop on the hardware. Repeat this process about six to eight times to make sure the eye stays in place.
Make a loop of thread measuring three inches wide. Place a small stitch into the dress fabric and pull the needle up through the loop. Pull the thread tight to make a knot and cut off any excess thread.