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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Definitions for tattersall

  1. a pattern of squares formed by colored crossbars on a solid-color, usually light background.
  2. a fabric with this pattern.
  3. having this pattern or made of such fabric: a tattersall vest.

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Citations for tattersall
Surely the muumuu is just a tattersall away from a housedress (think Shirley Booth in Come Back, Little Sheba). Tim Gunn, A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style, 2007
Checks such as gingham and windowpane are usually even, while checks such as tattersall and houndstooth are uneven. Claire Shaeffer, Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide, 2008
Origin of tattersall
Richard Tattersall (1724-95) was an Englishman who in 1766 bought a 99-year lease at Hyde Park Corner (now within London), where he established his business as a horse auctioneer. Tattersall became very wealthy and influential because of his honesty and efficiency in business. His horse market sold blankets woven in a check or plaid pattern for use on horses. Tattersall, designating the fabric, entered English at the end of the 19th century.