An­gela still dress­ing for suc­cess

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

WITH more than 60 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in dress­mak­ing and al­ter­ations, Mor­ley res­i­dent An­gela Franchina (78) hopes to con­tinue for as long as she can.

Mrs Franchina, who started dress­mak­ing as a 17-year-old in Italy, mi­grated to Perth and mar­ried her late hus­band in 1961.

Fol­low­ing their wed­ding, she and her hus­band, a tailor, opened a shop in Su­bi­aco. After sell­ing the shop, she worked at the old Mor­ley City Shop­ping Cen­tre for 15 years be­fore do­ing al­ter­ations from home.

Mrs Franchina said she still made dresses and did al­ter­ations for friends and fam­ily de­spite be­ing a pensioner.

“When I came to Aus­tralia, I was look­ing for a job and no one gave me a job be­cause I was too old, I did not speak English and had no ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said. “Fi­nally, my hus­band started look­ing for em­ploy­ees.

“So some­body asked me to go and ask for a job and he gave me a job, we fell in love and got mar­ried. I love dress­mak­ing; it makes me happy and ac­tive.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d484707

Mor­ley dress­maker An­gela Franchina.

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