A friend of mine has an 1860s dress with a dog leg closure. The hooks don't want to stay hooked and she was asking if there is a better way to keep it fastened. Since this isn't my area of expertise I thought I ask you ‘all.
Right now the dress has hooks and bars along the dog-leg fastening, should it have hooks and eyes instead (even though they are bulkier)? Also the waist is a little big, could it be just a fitting problem (ie the style needs more tension to work correctly)? I'm seeing a lot of snaps in similar places on Edwardian dresses but I can't find a date of when they were invented - I assume it's later than the 1860s or is it?
Thanks so much for your help!