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Swallowtail Top (Mid Weight)


About Exact Color Matches

As a small business, I buy fabric and dye goods in small batches. Making an exact color match can therefore present challenges at times. Although my two fabric weights may have been dyed at the same time, they will emerge from the dye bath with slightly different shading. Often these differences are very subtle and though the two garments may have slightly different shade values, they will still look great together.

When ordering items you plan to wear together, please let me know if an exact shade match is essential. Often I can match garments using extra yardage I include in each dye lot. If fabric is available, I can cut and sew a matching item to complete your outfit. Of course that takes extra time. I will let you know if making your matched set will take extra time and when to expect delivery if part of it must be specially cut and sewn.

If you are comfortable with garment colors that have similar shades but differing values, please be sure to check the "No Thanks" box when placing an order for two or more items of the same color.

About shade matching

With a 5-button front, the Swallowtail Top has a sweetheart neckline, subtle in-seam shaping, angled short sleeves and hemline, and a center vent in a flared back peplum. Back length approximately 26 1/2." Slightly fitted.

Hand-crafted in America using a sustainable blend of woven Mid Weight 55% hemp and 45% Tencel™ (lyocell) that's preshrunk and easily machine washed and tumble or line dried. Mid Weight is a 6.2-oz. square weave with a little more body than our Light Weight fabric*.

If you want your top to match the color of pants or a skirt exactly, it's better to select the Mid Weight since all the pants and skirts are cut in that fabric. Both weights are soft and comfy and let your skin breathe.

* Shop Light Weight Swallowtail Tops here.

"I design the Sympatico collection with respect for the earth and its people. Each piece is handcrafted using sustainable methods and materials to offer years of timeless style."
-- Designer Rose Gerstner, Sympatico founder
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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 hugely from one maker to another. Click here for tips on taking your measurements.

Easy, Eco-Friendly Care

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.
  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.

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  1. Perfect for Houston 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  2. Wonderful Air Circulation 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  3. I now own 5 Sypatico tops! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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!


Matching lightweight tops with midweight pants or skirts

Midweight and lightweight fabrics vary subtly in how they take dye. Even though your outfit may be from the same dye bath, one piece may be darker than the other.

If you prefer an exact match with no variations in color values, order the midweight for both garments.