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
I measured myself before choosing a size and came out as an exact 14. I automatically added length to the arms and legs as I'm so used to doing this with other patterns but when I made the garment I ended up chopping it off again. Great instructions. Didn't need to look at the sewalong videos or anything like that. LOVE the finished jumpsuit. Very happy customer!
A very enjoyable sew, and I feel great wearing this boiler suit. I used a coloured denim. I added a bit to the rise in the back but left the bodice length as is.
The style reminds me of the one I had back in 1978, that my mother made me.
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.