L’A Rose Creations opened its doors April 13
By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Lisa Kicker has been sewing since she can remember. She began at her mother’s knee when she was about 6 years old, taking scraps of material and making clothes for her Barbie dolls.
“My mother told me I needed to learn how to sew because someday it will feed me,” she said.
Today, she has opened L’A Rose Creations at 75 East Broadway Avenue in Little Falls where she is already busy doing alterations, repairs and sewing dresses and gowns for those special occasions.
“I create dresses for children and gowns for prom, bridesmaids, brides and flower girls,” said Kicker. “I will put in zippers, take in and let out any piece of clothing. There isn’t any piece of clothing I can’t fix. If it’s been created, it can be altered or repaired.”
Kicker said that it is a throwaway society, but there are still many people who don’t want to pitch that $150 coat when it needs a zipper.
“Zippers are time consuming, but I have done so many, it’s easy for me,” she said.
While her mother was a huge influence and she took home economics in school, it wasn’t until she was about 24 years old that she got serious about learning the trade.
L’A Rose Creations is full of trimmings, buttons, threads, fabrics, beads and more. She has five machines for hemming jeans, regular alterations, a serger for hemming pants and putting in seams on gowns and one that is more decorative than useful.
“So far, business has been good,” Kicker said. “I have been adding patches and doing alterations to military uniforms. I’ve also had a lot of summer clothing to alter.”
Kicker began her professional career in sewing at Arlene’s Bridal in Brainerd. She then moved to Bemidji and worked at Formality’s Bridal. Her next job was in Blackduck at Anderson Fabrics’ retail store where she sewed bedding, drapes, valances and quilted. She also did custom creations for her customers.
From there, Kicker went to the Woolen Mills in Faribault. There she learned to sew blankets and add binding with industrial machines. She also worked with embroidery and whippet machines plus learned to repair antique blankets by reweaving.
Kicker still does work for Arlene’s. She also works with Celebrations Bridal in Little Falls, doing alterations on wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
For more information, contact Kicker at (320) 632-1079.