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I blog about sustainable fashion, earth-friendly fibers like hemp and Tencel, capsule wardrobes, travel wear, and related subjects.
It's a truism that often the sum of the parts is greater than the whole, and I’ve found that’s especially true when it comes to artfully coordinating shades for pleasing combinations. One of the more challenging and interesting parts of creating a color palette is finding the precise tones that tend to get along well with one another and look great on a variety of skin colors. I look for those shades that will continue to make sense in the Sympatico palette years from now, making it easy to mix and match old favorites with newer purchases.
More Vintage Rose and Bayleaf in the works
I was caught flatfooted by the great response to both of my newest shades and have new dye lots in the works. Apologies to those of you who may have found your style or shade out of stock. I should be able to fill orders for either color by January. In the meantime, I’m generally well stocked in other shades in Tops, Skirts, and Pants.
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The Princess Top in Bayleaf coordinates beautifully with most of my other shades.In zeroing in on my newest color, I was looking for a complex of tones that draws from both the earth and its vegetation. The resulting fusion makes Bayleaf a very wearable shade, one that’s versatile too. Bayleaf looks great in Tops, Skirts, and Pants.A pair [...]
Made of an earth-friendly hemp and Tencel blend, the Princess Top minimizes your environmental footprint.Textile production and apparel dyeing turn up on worldwide top-10 lists of the most polluting industries. For that reason, I applaud consumers who go out of their way and spend more to purchase organic clothes. Doing so helps protect our environment and improve [...]
Vintage Rose is my newest shade and it gets along famously with a wide swathe of other Sympatico colors.
As with all styles, the Tuxedo Top and Stovepipe Pants use low-impact, fiber-reactive dyes.The slightly muted quality of Vintage Rose makes it easy to wear and coordinate with a broad range of shades. The somewhat dusty tone is enhanced by hemp/Tencel’s linen-like texture that drapes prettily thanks to the Tencel content. As with all Sympatico shades, Vintage Rose is [...]
Wide legs. Skinny legs. High rise. Low rise. Straight hems. Flared hems. Most of us have lived long enough to see these ripples in pants fashions come and go several times over. In designing Sympatico's Stovepipe and Cropped Pants I aimed for classic shapes that are both flattering and comfy. Looks that will outlive all those fleeting [...]
Seeking a sustainably grown and produced natural fiber fabric that would work with the whole Sympatico line led me to the hemp and Tencel blend I’ve used ever since. While both hemp and Tencel tops have lots to recommend them, weaving those two fibers together results in a blend that enhances the virtues of each.The [...]
I’ve spent a good bit of time over the past decade looking intently at Sympatico’s undyed fabric. As it comes from the mill, in its undyed state, the 55% hemp and 45% Tencel content impact the fabric’s final look and feel. The color of Natural can vary a fair bit between bolts of fabric. Which makes [...]
The hemp content in the Trapeze Tunic and Flip Skirt is easy care and very durable.Actually, most of us already know pretty much what to do with easy-care natural fibers like Sympatico's blend of hemp and Tencel. The classic wisdom applies:Wash cold unless stained. Hemp is durable and does not require hand washing.For stains, use detergent directly or presoak, [...]
Today, you’ll find industrial hemp in a head-spinning array of products. Clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and biofuel are all made with hemp and the oil from its seeds. A stroll down the aisles of your local health food store or co-op should turn up plenty of food and cosmetic items touting hemp as [...]
Genuinely sustainable clothing is made with an eye on several bottom lines — not just the money one. Sustainable clothing designs must work for everyone: the earth, the workers who make it, and of course, the consumers who wear it. But what what is it that makes clothing truly sustainable? Nikki’s Swallowtail Top and Cropped Pants are sustainably made in [...]