Post # 1
I may be stupid, but I had no idea that there were individual hooks for each button on the back of my zip up dress! My seamstress said you get a crochet hook and hook every little button to make sure they lie flat over the zipper. Did you have to do this? Or did you just zip up and go?
Post # 2
SunshineSmiles: nope, mine had a zipper and buttons over it because I didn’t like the look of the zipper back. The crochet hook worked perfectly for us- but our seamstress did say to be gentle with the loopholes as they are kind of fragile and can easily break if you put too much pressure on them. I just got my brothers sister & sister in law to help out with that part and it didn’t take too long because I only had less than 10 buttons- if you have a bunch maybe get a few crochet hooks? I found mine at the dollar store =)
I could have done without using the hooks but then you could totally see my zipper and when you pay that much for a dress & alterations that’s just not acceptable in my book…
Post # 3
BeckyS0: thank you for the advice! TBH I don’t think I’ve looked at the back closely enough… I’ll hsve to really examine it and see if the zipper shows.
Post # 4
BeckyS0: Some dresses have a zipper and then buttons on the side purely for decoration, and some have buttons with hooks that actually cover the zipper. I think if you didn’t fasten them it would look a bit strange, like you only got half dressed!
Post # 5
SunshineSmiles: Yes, the hook and buttons covered my zipper. I ordered a crochet hook set off of ebay and my mom and bridesmaids hooked me up. I musy admit it was hardwork though.
Post # 6
I had a ton of buttons, and my sister just used her fingers to get them all thru. It only took a few minutes, the loops on mine were stretchy elastic. It took my husband a long time to get them undone later that night though!
Post # 7
I buttoned all of mine. Get a small crochet hook and it only takes a minute. It took much longer to get them undone, because I forgot the hook. FYI, in a pinch, a bobby pin works well too.
Post # 8
SunshineSmiles: Yes, and whatever you do, take the crochet hook with you at the end of the night. DH needed it to get me out of the thing, without the hook it would’ve taken forever (or a knife…)
My bridesmaid learned to do it at my final fitting, Darling Husband figured out on his own. Don’t sweat it, it’s easier and faster than it sounds. Actual crochet skills not required 😉