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 a 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
Pattern Difficulty: AdvancedLearn more about how we rank pattern difficulty.
- 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 (sizes 0-20) - 45” / 1.14 m wide
VIEW A - LONG SLEEVES AND LEGS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 4 yd (3.75 m), Sizes 10-14 = 4.25 yd (3.9 m), Sizes 16-20 = 4.75 yd (4.3 m)
VIEW B - SHORT SLEEVES AND CROPPED LEGS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 3.5 yd (3.2 m), Sizes 10-14= 4yd (3.75 m), Sizes 16-20 = 4.5 yd (4.1 m)
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 58” / 1.5 m wide
VIEW A - LONG SLEEVES AND LEGS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 3 yd (2.75 m), Sizes 10-14 = 3.25 yd (3 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3.5 yd (3.2 m)
VIEW B - SHORT SLEEVES AND CROPPED LEGS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 2.5 yd (2.3 m), Sizes 10-14 = 3 yd (2.75 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3.25 yd (3 m)
Yardage (sizes 14-32) - 45” / 1.14 m wide
VIEW A - LONG SLEEVES AND LEGS ~ Sizes 14-22 = 5.25 yd (4.8 m), Sizes 24-32 = 6 yd (5.5 m)
VIEW B - SHORT SLEEVES AND CROPPED LEGS ~ Sizes 14-22 = 4.75 yd (4.3 m), Sizes 24-32 = 4.5 yd (4.1 m)
Yardage (sizes 14-32) - 58” / 1.5 m wide
VIEW A - LONG SLEEVES AND LEGS ~ Sizes 14-22 = 3.75 yd (3.4 m), Sizes 24-32 = 4.5 yd (4.1 m)
VIEW B - SHORT SLEEVES AND CROPPED LEGS ~ Sizes 14-22 = 3.75 yd (3.4 m), Sizes 24-32 = 4 yd (3.7 m)
- 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”. 14-32 Size Range: Sizes 14-16=22
- Sizes 18-26=24
- Sizes 28-32=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
PDP File Details
|Sizes 0-20||Sizes 14-32|
|Letter / A4||61 pages||76 pages|
|Copyshop / A0||3 pages||4 pages|
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From the Closet Core Community
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Great drafting, true to size, detailed instructions. It was easy to add to the rise for the perfect fit. I added some elastic in the back waistband for shaping and I love the finished look!
I had reservations about this, not because of the pattern, but because I wasn't sure I could carry off a flight suit. So I decided to go short sleeves and short legs for my first go - less of the 'all over' look.
I toiled it very roughly first, cutting a 6, even though the measurements would put this on the small size for me. But my ginger jeans and sasha trousers in a 6 fit perfectly, so I went with it. And the fit is great! I took about 1cm out of the back (at the centre back fold), but other than that it fits perfectly with no alterations.
As with all CC patterns, the instructions are super clear and easy to follow. I don't follow them quite in order, but that's just personal preference. The construction is so lovely - it's so cleverly thought out.
The only thing I don't 'get' is the zipper shield. I don't see the point, and I think it looks odd. I just leave it out, and bind the edge of the zip at the top where it's visible.
I made my second version within 2 weeks of my first. The third version is going to be hot on its heels, and I'm ready to be brave enough for a full length (sleeve and leg) version for autumn.
The collar construction is the nicest I've seen. It comes together so well and sits nicely.
It's a pattern which I'd encourage anyone to have a go at. There's nothing scary in it. I would toile it just to check that you can sit down/bend over in it, but other than that, just go for it!
Lovely pattern, but I think the sizing is off. I used a denim fabric. I cut the size based on my measurements and the suit was enormous on me. I literally removed a total of 7". I double checked to make sure I didn't make a mistake on the sizing, and I didn't. Other than the measurement issue, everything else was great. I want to make another one out of linen for summer.
The most meaningful this about this pattern for me (aside from it's fantastic look and obviously high quality design details) is the exceptional quality of the support materials available regarding fit adjustments. If you, like me, consider this pattern an ambitious undertaking (this was the most complicated pattern I've made in quite a few years) then I cannot speak highly enough of the value of reading the fit posts in the blog and the sew along. As a sewist who loathes doing a muslin, I found it WELL WORTH the effort on this one piece as I discovered I needed to make several changes to accommodate my shape and the jeans adjustments blog posting and details on the small bust adjustment meant that I was able to get a garment which is both comfortable for my figure and lives up to my wildest design fantasies! I used a cotton twill with a bit of stretch instead of the recommended non-stretch and it was really worth it for me and looks and feels great.
I sewed a size 18 curvy with a small bust adjustment to an A cup and several tweaks to the crotch rise and waist length to reach the right shaping around my midsection. I also added some shoulder pads because that was required to achieve my ultimate dreams in this case :P
My measurements: Bust- 43"/ Waist- 40"/ (natural), 45" (widest)/ Hip- 48"/ Thigh- 29" circumference
Lovely pattern, with easy to follow instructions. I love all the topstitching details! I found this came up quite narrow in the hips so had to do some adjusting but otherwise fit really well - I've made two in the past three months!