Atropa is a ruffley long-sleeved blouse/cardigan with a choice of tie-front or button-front closure. Gathering at the waist and wrist with decorative ribbon appliques give it a country cottagecore vibe. Make Atropa in flannel as a cozy piece for fall layers, or sew one in a floaty sheer fabric for any season of the year.
Lightweight woven fabrics with some drape such as cotton voile, linen, rayon challis, chiffon, silk crepe, etc.
• Thread in a matching color
• Elastic 1 cm/3/8” (be sure to choose an appropriate color if your fabric is at all transparent)
• Single-fold bias tape (13 mm/1/2”) to finish neckline (length requirement chart is included with the pattern)
• Single-fold bias tape (13 mm/1/2”) or ribbon (max. width 15mm/5/8”) for gathering channels
TIE FRONT STYLE
• 72″/180cm of bias-tape or ribbon to create ties
BUTTON FRONT STYLE
• Three buttons (approx. 1 cm/3.8” diameter)
• 3 mm cord to create button loops (minimum 3″/8cm length)
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Atropa belladonna is the botanical name of deadly nightshade, a common weed in many parts of the world with an uncommon amount of lore and legend surrounding it. The name comes from Atropos, one of the three fates of Greek myth, and belladonna (beautiful woman in Italian) refers to the plant’s use as a cosmetic drug. Atropa belladonna contains a toxic compound called atropine, which to this day is used by optometrists to dilate the pupils of the eye. During the Renaissance, women in Venice are said to have used an extract of Atropa to dilate their pupils and give themselves a doe-eyed-come-hither look. Atropa belladonna is also said to have been an ingredient in witches’ flying ointment, as it’s toxicity induces hallucinations and supposedly a sensation of flying.