Adele Deluca gained her qualification in Clothing and Industry at TAFE in 1995 and has been sewing ever since.
When her sons were young she would sew bridesmaids’ dresses, debutante dresses, wedding dresses and eveningwear.
“I would have customers bring in their little magazine clippings of designer gowns and I would make them,” she says.
In 2007, Adele was hemming jeans for Jeanswest and ended up working and managing their stores until 2015, before working at Sussan until 2018, when she decided to open her own tailoring business in Mildura City Heart.
“My love for sewing has never stopped and with the clothing industry becoming more internet based, I thought an alterations service would be perfect,” she says.
ADel’s Tailoring Studio has a modern, city feel, thanks to the handiwork of Adele’s husband Sam and family members.
Adele says customers can expect quality, personalised service at affordable prices and it’s the customer interaction that is most rewarding in her own business.
Like each piece of clothing is unique, so too are Adele’s clients.
“I love talking to people and I get to know them. It’s so rewarding, especially with brides and seeing how happy they are when their dress fits,” she says.
“I love the artistic side of sewing and design and how clothing sits on the body – there is a science to it.”
ADel’s Tailoring Studio is open Tuesday to Saturday and she keeps Monday and Thursday as her sewing days to ensure her customers’ orders are completed quickly.
Why did you choose Mildura City Heart?
“I chose the City Heart as it is a central location, easy for customers to complete their shopping and then come and see me.”
Other than your own store, what is your favourite shop within Mildura City Heart?
“My favorite store other than my own would be George and Olive and Fifi & Annie. I love that they are locally owned and operated.”
What does shopping local mean to you?
“Shopping locally is the best thing we can do for Mildura and future generations to come.”