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Seersucker, the typically striped, light, puckered cotton, is a perfect summer textile.  If you wear seersucker, its slack-tension weave creates pockets of air between you and your garment that keep you cool.  Its rough texture feels casual and needn't be ironed.seersucker napkins

What better way to dress your table this summer?  We made these seersucker napkins for June's issue of Martha Stewart Living.  They're easy to make, and capture the warm and breezy essence of summer.  I love the break from the more typical linen napkin, and the simple fringed edge.  Though seersucker is most frequently blue & white striped, it's also available in a range of colors.

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You can watch Martha make these drawstring pants on her show, but we originally made them for Martha's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts in seersucker, perfect for the beach or as pajamas.

Seersucker has a long cultural history in the U.S.  It's been viewed as distinctly working class, the sign of a Southern gentleman, truly preppy, and these days, even appropriate for hipsters.  Over the years the U.S. has made seersucker uniforms for nurses and the first female Marines.  Even the U.S. Senate observes an annual Seersucker Thursday!

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Today's sunshine has me eager to get out my yellow seersucker skirt.

Comments (3)

  • One of my favorite fabrics, cool blog post! My mom taught me how to make these sweet seersucker roses she used to make with my grandma. A square of seersucker fabric and a few simple gathered stitches later it's like magic...a beautiful rose.

    Annual Seersucker Thursday, who knew!

  • I love seersucker! It would be lovely made into pillow shams and paired with the dyed pillow ticking project in Living years ago.

  • I love seersucker too! Over here it's called bäck-i-bölja :)

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