Swallowtail Top (Mid Weight Hemp/Tencel)

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"I take sustainable fashion seriously. Organic clothing shoppers can rest easy knowing I design the Sympatico collection with respect for the earth and its people. Each piece is handcrafted in the US using eco-friendly, nontoxic hemp and Tencel to offer years of timeless style."
-- Designer Rose Gerstner, Sympatico founder
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As a small business, I buy fabric and dye goods in small batches so making color matches can be challenging. My two fabric weights often emerge from the dye bath with subtly different shading. Though the two garments may have slightly different shade values, they still look great together.

When ordering, please let me know if an exact shade match is essential. If I don't have it in stock, I can often match garment shades using fabric from the same dye bath. If I need extra time to cut and sew, I’ll let you know when to expect delivery.

If you are comfortable with garments having similar (but not necessarily exact) shades, there's no need to check the box when placing an order for two or more items of the same color.

Your size/color not in stock? If I have the fabric, I can make it to order. Learn more or send me an email to check availability.
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Figure-flattering and comfortably casual, the Swallowtail Top frames your face with a sweetheart neckline. Like all Sympatico hemp-Tencel clothing, it’s handcrafted in the US from an ultra-comfortable and drapey hemp/Tencel.    

  • 5-button closure
  • In-seam darts
  • Sweetheart neckline
  • Angled short sleeves and hemline
  • Center vent in a flared back peplum
  • Back length approximately 26 1/2"
  • Slightly fitted
  • Hand-crafted in the USA.


  • Woven Mid Weight 6.2-oz of 55% hemp and 45% Tencel™ (lyocell)
  • Preshrunk: machine wash, tumble or line dry

Mid Weight is a 6.2-oz. square weave with a little more body than our Light Weight fabric*.

Matched sets: If you want your top to match the color of pants or a skirt exactly, it's better to select the Mid Weight. Both weights are soft and comfy and let your skin breathe.

* Shop the Light Weight Swallowtail Top color selection here.

Match your measurements to those shown on the chart, they allow for wearing ease.

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"

Questions about sizes? Call 541.899.3988

It's crucial to measure yourself to ensure a good fit. Numerical sizes are guidelines but they vary widely from one maker to another. Click here for tips on taking your measurements.

Our sustainable hemp/Tencel fabric blend is easy to care for. To enhance its wonderfully supple hand and keep your clothes looking their best, follow these eco-friendly tips:

  1. Launder in cold water with like colors using an eco-friendly detergent. To preserve original color, launder garment inside out.
  2. We recommend you air-dry your Sympatico clothes to reduce energy consumption.
  3. Because the hemp content may produce wrinkles and develop a somewhat firm hand during laundering and air-drying, tumble your dry clothes in a warm dryer for a few minutes to relax wrinkles and soften the fabric's hand. (Because hemp softens with wear, this step becomes unnecessary as your garment ages.)
  4. Promptly remove clothes from the dryer and let them cool down on hangers.
  5. If needed, touch up collars and hems with a hot iron. To prevent possible shine from a setting that's too-high, iron inside out.
  6. When traveling, roll up your Sympatico clothes then hang them up on arrival. A quick spritz with water will help eliminate wrinkles. (I find spritzing my craft fair inventory on hangers works like a charm for releasing wrinkles that develop during travel.) Hanging wrinkled items in a steamy bathroom is a great alternative to ironing also.

Thanks to hemp's anti-microbial properties you'll probably find that you launder your Sympatico wear less often, reducing the energy your clothes consume.

For more information and eco-friendly laundering tips, see How to Save the Planet - One Washer Load at a Time.

"I take sustainable fashion seriously. Organic clothing shoppers can rest easy knowing I design the Sympatico collection with respect for the earth and its people. Each piece is handcrafted in the US using eco-friendly, nontoxic hemp and Tencel to offer years of timeless style."
-- Designer Rose Gerstner, Sympatico founder
Learn more >

Product Reviews

  • 5
    Love My Swallowtail

    Posted by Ani on 30th Apr 2024

    Rose's clothes are all I wear, all the time. The swallowtail shirt is my first and I love it. I contacted her within a week of having to fly home to France and she totally delivered. im wearing my new outfit here and now at PDX:) These clothes are so well designed and wear well for years. YEARS. Dont hesitate.

  • 5
    Hemp/Tencel Swallowtail Top

    Posted by Mary on 21st Sep 2021

    The Swallowtail Top is lovely. I am 5'4" weigh 118 lbs and an XXS fits me well. The design and drape are flattering and a very nice detail is the center vent in the back. I really like this top!

  • 5
    Swallowtail top- my new favorite thing

    Posted by Laura Loewen on 13th Jun 2020

    Of course the fabric and color are great- it's Sympatico. This top is as comfortable as a tee shirt while looking a whole lot better. Dress it up or down, it goes anywhere. Sweet details too- it's making life easier and more civilized right now. Thank you!

  • 5
    Beautiful, flattering lines

    Posted by Mary on 18th Nov 2018

    I have several Sympatico tops and I love all of them. The fabric is easy care, breathable, and has a lovely drape. The back peplum, front seam, and sweetheart neckline of the Swallowtail top add exceptional interest as well as shaping to the garment.

  • 5
    Swallowtail Top is classy as well as casual

    Posted by Rebecca on 15th Aug 2018

    I love the peplum in the back as the detailing gives this top a classy look. Yet it is casual enough to wear with jeans or dressy with a pretty necklace or scarf when worn with a skirt. The drape of the sleeve is very flattering to my 70 year old arms. I like the top both as a blouse or as a little short-sleeved jacket worn over a sleeveless top. Rose was so helpful in getting the size right for me. I just love her beautifully crafted garments! I will be adding more to my collection.

  • 5
    Very useful piece

    Posted by Unknown on 5th Jul 2018

    This top can be used as a light-weight short sleeved jacket---something you can wear over a sleeveless top to work even in hot weather. It is a little boxy, but if worn open that is not an issue. The flared peplum in the back is great, and very flattering. I bought it with a skirt to make a warm-weather, easy-care suit and I am very satisfied. Fabric and color (paprika) are beautiful!

  • 5
    Perfect for Houston

    Posted by Unknown on 28th Sep 2016

    I purchased the Swallowtail top in natural. I had learned that it runs big, and that was true. I normally wear a medium top, but the small was just right. The sleeve length is perfect for so much of the year here where it's hot outside but air conditioned inside. I have several pieces from Sympatico and LOVE the feel and drape of the fabric. I'm ordering the Deep Ocean when it is available in my size.

  • 5
    Wonderful Air Circulation

    Posted by Pamela Elisheva on 11th Aug 2016

    Living in hot Bakersfield California, but working in an air conditioned office, the challenge is to find clothes that feel comfortable in both extreme environments during the same work day. I love the non-clingy comfort of this piece, but especially love the flared back peplum. I feel like it is easy to gather the cool air of the office and keep it flowing as I walk the streets of Bakersfield.

  • 5
    I now own 5 Sypatico tops!

    Posted by Unknown on 9th Jan 2016

    I just received this top in chestnut. The color is fabulous. It fits just like the photos show. I love the simple lines of my Sympatico tops, and the loose fit that hides those undesirable lumps without looking sloppy. They can look dressy or casual - but always classy. Thanks again Rose!