By Emma Perla

Flor replying to her long list of clients. She has started her business back up now that her kids are older and in school. She started about four years ago doing little projects for friends that would compliment her on her own clothing. So she decided to start selling to her friends from the gym. Those friends told more friends and now she has a large part of her hometown Downey, Ca. as her clients. From stay at home moms to real estate agents, women cant get enough of her dresses.


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The mannequins display some of her most popular party dresses.


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The cutting table with the special fabric scissors.


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Flor has been a seamstress for 23 years! She loves her job.


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She works with a wide range of fabrics, clients never run out of options for new dresses! Anything from lycra, velvet, latex, faux leather, lace and chiffon can be found at Flor’s shop.


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Joanna is one of the many real estate agents that get custom dresses made weekly by Flor.


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Sophia posing for a picture, she’s also comes in every week. 


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With the rise of social media, Flor has an Instagram page where she mainly posts dresses for special occasions. She can be found on Instagram as @designsbyperla .


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Flor also works with maternity photographer Nancy Ramos. A lot of her more expensive gowns are for maternity shoots.


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This dress was featured on, an international site on weddings! Photographed by Nancy Ramos.