How To Insert A Concealed Hook and Eye

Inserting Concealed Hook and Eye

I first came across a concealed hook and eye in a Prada shop in Las Vegas. I went in with the sole intention of poking around their dresses and seeing if there was anything I could learn from their construction. I did!

To insert your own concealed hook and eye is really not difficult at all. You just need to re-order your mental step-by-step process. Sewing on the hook and eye is not the last thing you do. It’s a ‘during construction’ step.

Facing and Zip Open

Above is a during construction shot of the back bodice of my Anna Dress. The invisible zip has been inserted and the neckline facings still haven’t been tacked down to the zip. Can you see the tops of the zip, where the teeth end? They haven’t been sewn down and I’m going to fold them out of the way at a 45 degree angle as on the left. Above them, I’ll insert my hook and/or eye.

Sewing On Hook

I use a pin to keep the top of the zip out of the way and hand sew the hook or eye in place. I’m careful that my stitches don’t go through the main body of the dress. I’m sewing the eye to the seam allowance only. A few stitches in both loops should do it; I don’t go mad.

Inserting Concealed Hook and Eye

Then I fold my facing over to the inside of the dress, turn in the seam allowance, and sew the facing down to the zip, going over the eye. Voila! No scrappy bits of hand stitching on show, no hook and eye interfering with the lie of the neckline, and secure as can be in their little hand sewn beds. Aw, bless.

Finished Hook and Eye

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26 Responses to How To Insert A Concealed Hook and Eye

  1. Excellent, that’s another trick added to my quest for pretty on the inside. Thank you.

  2. oonaballoona says:

    pinned and PINNED. yahoo!

  3. LLADYBIRD says:

    Beautiful little tip, thank you!

  4. Joanne says:

    Thanks for that! I hope you don’t mind I reblogged it.

  5. MarrieB says:

    So smart! Thank you, I can’t wait to try this!

  6. Nicoline says:

    That’s really cool, thanks for sharing!!

  7. Cherie says:

    Love that tip; once again you really “get it” about sewing beautiful things! Thanks, Karen!

    Cherie in Phoenix

  8. Sheree says:

    Thanks Karen – look forward to doing that with my half sewn Anna dress ( all down to you). Tell me By Hand London come up big. It’s the first time I have had to make a size 16. Yes, I know, it’s only a number.

  9. SewSleepy says:

    Thank you This would also be very useful for Colette Hawthorn amongst many other projects. Thank you

  10. Brenda says:

    Thank you very much. I had asked for that tutorial awhile ago and am very pleased that you posted it! I love how it looks.

  11. Anita McAdam says:

    Great tutorial. How do you take such great photos? They are so clear and crisp. Love your work!

  12. So simple and so clever, thank you!

  13. ooobop! says:

    Brilliant. Thanks so much Karen. That’s so neat!

  14. Very very useful. Thank you. Xxx

  15. Oh man! If only I had known about this a few weeks ago! Thanks so much, this is incredibly useful.

  16. Kim says:

    Great tip! Never would have thought of this myself 🙂

  17. Bec Stitches says:

    Yewww, gonna try this on my anna

  18. gingermakes says:

    Excellent tip! Thanks, girl!

  19. Zoe says:

    Really useful, I always struggle with getting these sewn in at the end of a dress, thank you!

  20. erin says:

    This is brilliant, thanks!

  21. Tiffany says:

    I love a concealed hook and eye. Its a detail that you seem to only find in high end clothing and adds just a little extra touch of quality.

  22. CUP + PENNY says:

    Ooh, now that’s fancy!

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  24. Heather Wadsworth says:

    Excellent – a really professional finish. Thank you.

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