How to Add a Hook for a Wedding Gown Train

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Your gown is a beautiful, memorable part of a wedding ceremony. However, the threat of stains can make wearing that beautiful gown stressful. Protect the train of your dress from being dragged, stepped on or ripped. Hooking the train to your gown is an easy and inexpensive way to have one less worry on your big day.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 hook and eye sets
  • sewing needle
  • sewing thread
  • scissors
  • Step into the wedding gown, properly do it up, whether that be button up or lace up, enabling it to sit snug on the body. Search for a place on the back of the dress that can "hide" an eye (the side that the hook attaches to) look around the waist for a long train, along the rear for a medium train and along the knee area for a short train. After a hiding place for the eye has been found, have a friend pick up the train to ensure the train will easily reach the eye. Pin it, walk around and have a friend confirm that the look is favorable. Pin both sides at the determined spots.

  • Pick up the train, look for a hiding spot to attach hook end to, then pin it up to the eye. If the train is long enough, you may be able to attach the hook end to the underside of the train, still showing the beauty of the train and wedding dress.This step will take some double checking with movement in the mirror and a friend watching closely. You may have to be some rearranging to get the desired look. Be sure that when it is pinned up the slip is not peeking out. Pin at the spot in which the hook looks best.

  • Sew on the hook to the gown with thread that matches the dress.

  • Check and double check positioning of both hook and eye to ensure that the procedure went well. If one end is noticeably crooked you will need to take the side off that is hidden best and redo.

Tips & Warnings

  • Drop by the local seamstress and get a quote on installing a hook for your train. It may be less stressful and cost may be inexpensive.
  • If you feel that your wedding gown does not have a "hiding" place for the hook or eye, or you are not confident you can complete the task successfully, it is best you take your dress to a professional seamstress.

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