"America's First Department Store" was the slogan of ZCMI or Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution and was founded in 1868 by Brigham Young in Salt Lake City. It was established primarily as a means to supply Mormon pioneers with lower cost goods by pooling the resources of Mormon businesses enabling them to have more buying power from wholesalers. ZCMI sold everything from household goods, fabric and thread, to beauty supplies and even began manufacturing their own line of work clothes and boots (wikipedia). ZCMI was officially sold in 1999 to May department stores.
Within our first few months living in Salt Lake, we stumbled upon this flamboyant western fabric, still carrying the ZCMI tag, at a Goodwill. I knew immediately that I had to make this into the Butterick 7651 western shirt designed by Robert Stock. We luckily had a remnant of the solid reddish/orange cotton that works so well as a contrasting yoke, pocket, and cuffs. The most interesting design of this shirt was the larger front pouch pockets. I was a little skeptical at first but I really think they give the shirt a unique touch. The fit of this pattern is very good. The construction was smooth. And I have received numerous compliments from co-workers. I have already cut out fabric to make two more versions of this shirt. I highly recommend!
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.