Turns out that more clothes are being made in L.A. these days, but manufacturers have been struggling to find qualified sewers. From Marketplace:
Tens of thousands of sewing jobs fled to Asia more than a decade ago, attracted by low labor costs and booming supply. The rampant outsourcing sparked a sharp decline in job prospects for highly skilled textile workers. In 1996, apparel manufacturing in Los Angeles Country employed 105,00 people. In 2009, that number had fallen to 48,000. But lately, many clothing manufacturers have begun to shift more production back to the United States. Producers say that rising labor costs in China have made American factories more competitive. And in the fast-moving fashion industry, making something locally allows a label to stay on top of new clothing trends and keep a closer watch on quality.