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Farm Overalls To Fit Better
Frustrated with work wear they could buy in stores, Minnesota farmers Stephanie and Daniel Zetah decided to make their own. With the help of local seamstress and farmer Cindy Rusch, they have started to sell their overalls, which are designed for comfort and durability.
    “We lived in Australia for a while, and trade overalls are very popular there,” says Stephanie. “We brought some back with us. They are the most comfortable we have found, and we each wear them every day.”
    Stephanie especially appreciated the lack of over-the-shoulder straps she found in the conventional bib design. While bib overalls offer freedom of movement, she notes that the straps dig in when you bend over, which can be especially painful for women. 
    Stephanie asked her friend Cindy to make a pair, modified slightly. “A man’s chest area is not as big as needed by women,” she explains.
    Knowing the Australian work wear would eventually wear out, they started making patterns for men’s and women’s versions. After getting positive reactions, they decided to offer them for sale.
    “We are testing the water to see who might be interested,” says Daniel. “We will custom make them to order and see if they catch on.”
    Durability and American made was important to the Zetahs. Their coveralls are made with material from Big Duck Canvas. The company offers a variety of canvas fabrics, including some made in the U.S. Finding the fabric was the tough part. Even American-made buttons and thread were hard to find.
    “We spent months searching for fabric, even considering hemp fabric, but that would have tripled the price,” says Stephanie. “We were very particular about American made fabric.”
    With fabric, buttons and thread in hand, production has begun. The pattern is roomy with wide swaths of fabric leading up the front to meet conventional straps on the back. Plenty of pockets provide room for tools and other items. 
    Men’s and women’s alike are priced at $149. They can be ordered online starting in autumn 2020. 
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, New Story Farm 19778 235th St., Hutchinson, Minn. 55350 (ph 320 582-0679; Newstoryfarm@icloud.com; www.newstoryfarm.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4