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Andrea King Lacey  Mother | Wife | Tailor #akltailoring

I received this message a while back and saw it the other day, I had missed it when it came, and thought what a beautiful sign of how much love and grace there is out there. Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day, and a gentle reminder to not let anything close your heart. Lots of love today and every day. 🖤

Shooting the first “after” of my Before & After project next week. Excited to share how I transformed this quirky suit into something wearable. 🖤 📸: @ashtinpaige #buyused #akltailoring

I found this picture today. I’m not sure when or where it’s from, but looks like soundcheck, I’d guess probably 5 years ago. And then I started thinking about this quote that I read a while back, that I’m going to quote/paraphrase, I’m sure inaccurately. It said something along the lines of, be wise when selecting your spouse/partner, because other then you, they will have the single greatest influence on who your children will become. And there’s so much truth in that. .
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I read and watch the news, see posts on Instagram, and everything feels so overwhelmingly sad. But then I consider my responsibility as a parent, and I can’t help but to feel optimistic about the future. If you have the honor of being a parent, I think we have such a powerful position/job, we are able to influence and raise these small beings into healthy and whole humans, and I don’t take that lightly. Anyway, today and always, I’m grateful for a partner who takes this responsibility as seriously as I do. .
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My partner; mediocre drummer, excellent father.

My goal in my work life is for this working rack to be empty. It’s going to be a busy day at the office. ✂️ #akltailoring

This is a story from The Moth. In it, a woman, who was having quite a difficult go at things, was given a number by her mother, presumably to a Christian Counselor. In her darkest of nights she dialed the number, a man answered and she asked if he could talk. She spent the evening telling him her truths, some that were difficult for even her to hear. As the morning came, he revealed that in fact she had dialed the wrong number. A shining story of unconditional and random love. In the deepest, darkest night of despair, if you can get just one pinhole of light.. all of the grace rushes in. 🖤

I sew so much for work that I rarely do creative projects, and I want that to change. So as a challenge for myself I created a monthly project that I’m going to share with you guys here. I know that tailoring can change a look dramatically, so my plan is, find a look and custom tailor it, sharing with you guys the before & after, and going over the alterations I completed. It’s not going to be sewing tutorials but it might give you some ideas for how to change your own pieces. All the looks will consist of used items and I’m hoping to address certain common fit issues. Anyway, the first one is already underway and it’s a special one. 📸: @ashtinpaige .
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In new places. Out of my rutted grooves. #akltailoring #seamstress

She asked, “momma, who’s singing?”. I said, “Neil Young”. She replied, “your friend?” I told her, “not exactly”. 🖤

New story up about some work with @jjillstyle featuring some really inspiring female musicians. 🖤 Meanwhile here’s a pic of Bo hanging out at our pals @eastsidemusicsupply shop. Talking guitars & teaching them to “freeze dance”. #👩🏻‍🎤

Throwback to creating this custom silk dress (2014). For custom work, clients come to me with an idea, a picture, or a piece that they already own. They have ideas of what they want to be the same, or how it should be different. First, I pattern the piece, either using pattern blocks I’ve already made or I create new ones. Then I construct a sample (like the one I’m wearing here) out of similar fabric of the final product, that way I can be sure of how the fabric will lay. And then we move on to the final product. The entire process takes me between 4-7 days depending on the details of the garment. ✂️
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#akltailoring #customgown #biascut #womensfashion #tbt

Auctioning off these remade by me @levis, details in my insta-stories. Ends @ 3pm CT. 👖
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Reworked from a size 30 down to a 24/25 (IMO, check stories for actual measurements), legs reshaped into a straight leg fit, and back pockets moved. #buyused #vintagelevis #akltailoring

I find a lot of answers to questions I’m having through things that I’m reading or listening to. I’ve been feeling a little uncertain lately, just about life, what I’m doing and how I’m doing. Then I read Educated by Tara Westover, and in it she said, “To admit uncertainty is to admit weakness, to powerlessness, and to believe in yourself despite both. It is a frailty, but in this frailty there is strength: the conviction to live in your own mind, and not in someone else’s.” The universe has a funny way of showing you what you need sometimes. 🖤

My happy place 🖤
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#moodfabrics

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