Friday, March 4, 2011

"L" is for LOUIS - "S" is for Seersucker

I have a friend {T} who writes a daily blog called
Desperately Seeking Seersucker
and she has a cute little westie named Louis.  During my last trip to the fabric store I happened to see a display of seersucker fabric {in various colors}.  I knew right then and there that Louis had to have a few bandannas that matched the seersucker blue in T's blog logo.  Seersucker is a very stylish fabric but I wanted to add a personal touch.   I found an initial "L" would be perfect to place on the seersucker side.  The reverse side on the bandanna has a fun print for a different look.
 ... click the link below to be transported over to DSS ...
. . .  DID YOU KNOW . . . 
Seersucker is a thin, all-cotton fabric, commonly striped or checkered, used to make clothing for spring and summer wear. The word came into English from Hindustani, which originates from the Persian words "shir o shekar," meaning "milk and sugar", probably from the resemblance of its smooth and rough stripes to the smooth surface of milk and bumpy texture of sugar. Seersucker is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This feature causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, facilitating improved heat dissipation and air circulation. It also means that pressing is not necessary. The most common colors for it are white and blue; however, it is produced in a wide variety of colors, usually alternating colored stripes and puckered white stripes slightly wider than pin stripes.


During the British colonial period seersucker was a popular material in Britain's warm weather colonies. When Seersucker was first introduced in the United States it was used for a broad array of clothing items. For suits the material was considered a mainstay of the summer wardrobe of gentlemen, especially in the South, who favored the light fabric in the high heat and humidity of the summer, especially prior to the arrival of air conditioning. It was commonly used for nurses' uniforms in World War II.
The fabric was originally worn by the poor in the U.S. until undergraduate students, in an air of reverse snobbery, began to wear the fabric. Damon Runyon wrote that his new habit for wearing seersucker was "causing much confusion among my friends. They cannot decide whether I am broke or just setting a new vogue."
Seersucker is comfortable and easily washed, and was the choice for the summer service uniforms of the first female United States Marines. The decision was made by Captain Anne A. Lentz, one of the first female officers selected to run the Marine Corps Women's Reserve during the Second World War. The US Senate holds a Seersucker Thursday in June, where the participants dress in traditionally Southern clothing.
So there you have it, your history lesson on seersucker!
You'll never know what you'll find when you check into this blog ... like the new countdown clicker I added to the very bottom of this page {you have to scroll all the way down}. How many days do we have until ... I dare not say the word ...


  1. Louis is quite dashing in his bandanna. We saw him showing it off on his moms blog the other day.
    Thanks for stopping by and visiting us, I've been meaning to get over here and return the visit but I'm so slow at that sometimes.:)
    I'm adding you to my reader so I won't forget to drop by anymore

  2. Do you know that I hadn't a clue about most of this seersucker information! Thank you for the history, AND for the bandannas. It's been rainy here as well, and Louis has been wearing his bandanna inside to brighten things up :)