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Fabrics & Fit

Our Fabrics are Earth-Friendly

In selecting our fabrics, we look for beauty, comfort and environmental sustainability. Our blend of 55% hemp and 45% Tencel™ merges hemp's strength, durability and colorfastness with the drape and sheen of Tencel™. Our lightweight 4-oz hemp/Tencel blend is a shirting weight that we use for tops. Our midweight 6.2-oz hemp/Tencel blend has a heavier yarn that's great for tops, skirts and pants.

Hemp grows rapidly and requires little water and no pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides. Its deep roots actually improve the soil in which it's grown. Hemp has natural anti-microbial properties and is resistant to mold and mildew. It absorbs and releases perspiration quickly and breathes well. Its long fibers result in durable fabric that actually softens with wear.

Tencel™ is the trade name for lyocell, a fabric developed to emulate the positive characteristics of rayon, such as good drape, breathability and sheen while counteracting its negative environmental impacts. Earth-friendly Tencel™ uses only wood from tree farms and recycles the solvents used to transform the wood pulp into fibers in a "closed loop" system.

Combining these two fibers results in a fabric that can be machine washed and tumble dried. We preshrink all of our garments.

Hemp and Tencel Clothing

Sympatico Size Chart

Size 00-0 2-4 6-8 10-12 14-16 18-20 22-24
Bust 31-32" 33-34" 35-36" 37-38" 39-41" 42-44½" 45-47½"
Waist 23-24" 25-26" 27-28" 29-30" 31-33" 34-36½" 37-39½"
Hips 33-34" 35-36" 37-38" 39-40" 41-43" 44-46½" 47-49½"

More about Sympatico's Fit

Our fit categories describe the amount of ease beyond the actual number of inches required to encircle the body at critical points:

  • Generous fit garments are cut so they can be layered and measure 4"- 5" greater than the bust or hip measurement on the size chart.
  • Slightly Fitted garments have about 3" ease in the bust or hip over the size chart.
  • Trim Fit garments have 2" hip or bust ease over the size chart.

In determining your size, be conscious of your body measurements and your fit preference. If you fall on the low side of a size range, for example, if your bust measures 37" and you prefer a body-conforming fit, order a Small rather than a Medium size. If you have a small waist but wide thighs and are ordering an Angled Skirt, knowing that the waist is elastic and that the Angled Skirt is fitted through the thighs, order your skirt size according to the hip measurement on the size chart. It's a good idea to measure yourself using a tape measure if you are uncertain of your current body measurements.

Finished size varies slightly: We launder each Sympatico garment to remove the minimal residual shrinkage of our hemp/Tencel fabric. Because the shrink rates of our fabric vary slightly, there may be slight variations in the fit from garment to garment. These variations are usually minor.

Questions about sizes? Call 541.899.3988