Blanca Flight Suit Pattern
The Blanca Flight Suit is a semi-fitted, highly customizable boiler suit pattern inspired by vintage workwear. With multiple sleeve and leg options, it can be made in a variety of fabrics and can easily be styled up or down.
Blanca features a center front zipper, patch pockets that double as belt loops, an optional tie belt or buckled belt, a traditional shirt collar and a unique pleated back design. Customize your flight suit by adding a long sleeve, tapered sleeve with snap button, or short sleeve. The leg is cut straight, with the option to crop it or taper at the hem with a leg tab. In addition, choose between a classic breast patch pocket or zippered pocket for added detail
Related products: Brass belt buckle for Blanca Flight Suit
Sizes: 0-20 (print and PDF) and 14-30 (PDF)
Model notes: Our model Heather is 5'-7" and wears a size 12 from the 0-20 size range. Vanessa is 5'-10" and wears a size 18 from the 14-30 range
See our guide to printing & assembling PDF files here.
Blanca Flight Suit Pattern - PDF Download
Blanca Flight Suit Pattern - Print Pattern
Fabric and Supplies
For a structured look, use sturdy woven fabrics like denim, twill, canvas and mid to heavyweight linen and cotton. For a softer effect, choose mid-weight fabrics with drape, such as tencel twill, cupro or silk noil.
YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS (45"/1.14M FABRIC)
View A (Long sleeves and legs)
Sizes 0-20: 0-8 = 4yd / 3.75m, 10-14 = 4.25yd / 3.9m, 16-20 = 4.75yd / 4.3m
Sizes 14-30: 14-22 = 5.25yd / 4.8m, 24-30 = 6 yd / 5.5m
View B (Short sleeves and cropped legs)
Sizes 0-20: 0-8 = 3.5yd / 3.2m, 10-14= 4yd / 3.75m, 16-20 = 4.5 yd / 4.1m
Sizes 14-30: 14-22 = 4.75yd / 4.3m, 24-30-14 = 4.5 yd / 4.1m
YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS (58"/1.5M FABRIC)
View A (Long sleeves and legs)
Sizes 0-20: 0-8 = 3yd / 2.75m, 10-14 = 3.25yd / 3m, 16-20 = 3.5yd / 3.2m
Sizes 14-30: 14-22 = 3.75yd / 3.4m, 24-30 = 4.5 yd / 4.1m
View B (Short sleeves and cropped legs)
Sizes 0-20: 0-8 = 2.5yd / 2.3m, 10-14 = 3yd / 2.75m, 16-20 = 3.25 yd / 3m
Sizes 14-30: 14-22 = 3.75yd / 3.4m, 24-30 = 4 yd / 3.7m
- Medium weight fusible interfacing (0.5yd/0.5m for 45” wide interfacing)
- Pocket lining (0.25 yd/0.25m)
- Polyester thread in matching colour
- Non-separating zipper (use metal teeth for sturdy fabrics and plastic for lighter weight fabrics). Please note a longer zipper may be used and trimmed to size- separating zippers can also be used if properly closed with a bar tack. 0-20 Size Range: Sizes 0-4=20”, Sizes 6-14=22”, Sizes 16-20=24”. 14-30 Size Range: Sizes 14-16=22", Sizes 18-26=24", Sizes 28-30=26"
- Marking tool
- Point turner for collar
- Zipper foot
- Optional: Topstitching thread in contrast colour
- Optional: 2 x 5” non-separating zipper for zippered breast pocket
- Optional: 2 x 1/2” snap buttons for optional tapered sleeve
- Optional: 4 x 5/8” regular buttons for optional tapered pant hem tab
- Optional: 1.5” buckle closure for optional buckle belt
Sewing level: Intermediate
Sizes: 0-20 and 14-30 (see our sizing chart here)
Print at Home File (Letter & A4): Sizes 0-20 (61 pages), Sizes 14-30 (76 pages), sizes are layered.
Copyshop file (36x48 / A0): Sizes 0-20 (3 pages), Sizes 14-30 (4 pages), sizes are layered.
- Fitting the Blanca Flight Suit
- Assembling the Back
- Sewing Breast Pockets & Assembling Front
- Sewing Hip Pockets
- Sewing Center Front Zipper
- Sewing the Collar
- Assembling the Body
- Sewing & Setting Sleeves
- Finishing Details: Hems, Buttons & Belts
Pattern Inspiration & Hacks
From the Closet Core Patterns Community
Excellent pattern. I had a lot of fun with this make. I initially bought the pattern because I am inspired by its namesake on Instagram, blakandblanca and I wanted to support this inspiration. I didn't intend to make it and kept trying to think of a person to make it for- don't get me wrong! I loved the design but I knew it's just not my style (except for how it looks on the cover model which is so beautiful! I just felt a little curvier than I'd like for the end result potentially). But I recently had a very terrible interaction with the agave in my yard (PSA don't touch it without protective gear) and decided it was the perfect opportunity to have a fun set of coveralls.
I reinforced the lower sleeves with two extra layers- the layer between is 500 denier cordura). I am incredibly excited to have these reinforced lower sleeves hahahahah!! I made long sleeves and legs with tabs for both. I also had fun making them two-tone. Upper is Essex linen, lower is Sarah Watts, Front Yard, Linen/Cotton Canvas.
I was going for a fun garden coverall, but admittedly they're verging on 60s psychedelic ;) whoops... gas anyone?
Thanks for always making such great patterns Closet Core! Forgive my quick pics post making them- I was eager! I'm wearing them over jeans and a pullover, and I made a straight up size 14. If you want to wear these over clothes, I would recommend sizing up in all but your sleeve length and inseam length. But girth and torso, go up. (I didn't but they'll work over a tank top perfectly, and in the heat here, that works!)
One tip- I was having trouble finding zippers for all the pockets and center front that matched since my local shop is geared toward quilters, but in their bag making section I found zipper by the yard which worked wonderfully. I obviously added a few extra zippers on pockets and made them a little longer to hold my phone while I'm in the yard- if you use this option, add a bit of extra room on either end since you'll find it makes the opening a tad smaller. I added fabric tabs to the ends so I could still turn back the edge to topstitch. With premade zips this isn't an issue, but with yardage the coil chain extends to the end.
I've never sewn from a pattern before so I was very tentative about starting in on this but I just made a muslin and so far so good! I love the way it looks and fits, I just need to practice sewing in a straight line and finish the Learn to Sew Clothing! course before I cut into my real fabric. I'm really excited about it!
I loved the look of Blanca but suspected it was more suited to slender types who could carry off a belt. Then I saw a picture of one worn without a belt and started to wonder if it might be for me after all. I made a toile and decided to remove an inch from the bodice length and add it into the pant leg at the hip length adjustment line. I also worried about making it too tight, cut a generous seam allowance on the hip and waist to be sure and ended up having to take 2 inches out of the side seams as I was drowning in fabric! My plan not to have a belt didn’t work out as the blousing above the waist made the back hang in an unflattering lumpy manner. So I went back and added belt loops and bought a discreet belt fastener. I’ve made the belt on the loose side as opposed to cinched in, as I think this is more flattering for my body shape. I also used the tabs intended for the ankle on the sleeves as I had no poppers. I sewed on 2 buttons so the tabs could be buttoned with the sleeves cinched in or loose.
The pattern taped together very well and the instructions were super clear. The top stitching gives a professional look and I’m pleased with my finished product. Yet to wear in public but Hubby says it suits me!!!
I’d say, if in doubt, give it a go.
Wasn’t truly sure whether I could pull this off but love the design style and utilitarian vibes. As always pattern was well written and easy to follow! I mad a short version as a toile to check fit and added some length to the crotch for my 5’10 frame but otherwise did not need other adjustments. Many compliments on this so far.
I'm always willing to try new things. So when I read that flight suits were going to be "a thing" this summer, I decided I'd better make one. I really liked the look of Blanca and she certainly hasn't disappointed. The pattern was wonderful to follow - such clear explanations and diagrams. It too me a little time to complete as I bought a bag zip to go into the suit (I wanted a chunky bright green zip) so needed help from my sewing teacher! The fabric was a linen remnant (perhaps a bit too much like camo??)
I'm just looking for a time and a place to wear it!
Fell in love with the Blanca Flight Suit as soon as I saw it. So chic and stylish. I bought the pattern soon after release, despite having a queue of sewing projects waiting for attention; made my muslin according to my measurements........and HATED how I looked in it. Not for me.
I didn't find any problems with the pattern or instructions, but I will not be making this.