Broadway Soto Street

I Can Make You a Wedding Dress

Miriam Rodriguez

I work as a seamstress in downtown L.A. My mom, who brought me here from Mexico when I was 15, taught me how to sew. I know how to make everything. I can make you a wedding dress or a pair of pants. I sew shirts all day long. Today, I cut my hand with the scissors. It’s part of the job sometimes.

I’m on my way home to East L.A. Although I’ve lived here for 36 years, I’m still not used to the fast-paced life of L.A. I’d rather live in a small village.

Map: Broadway to Soto Street