The Blanca Flight Suit from Closet Core Patterns has been on my ‘to make’ list for the longest time and I finally stitched it up. Despite its long-awaited arrival my fire engine red Blanca Flight Suit has quickly become a wardrobe favorite. It’s just so damn wearable.
Sewing projects are such an interesting marriage of fabric, pattern and time. All three need to come together in just the right way for the magic to happen. That is definitely the case with this jumpsuit.
Despite owning this pattern for a long time and admiring all the gorgeous versions on Instagram, it sat untouched. It’s a more involved project (zipper, collar, etc.) and I knew it would require adjustments. It’s not that I thought it would be too difficult. I have faith in the clear instructions of Closet Core Patterns and their ability to walk me though everything. It’s that I knew I’d need to make a muslin and the whole process would require a solid chunk of time. Once I start on a sewing project I get obsessed and don’t like to stop. As a result, a complicated project stays at the bottom of the pile because it will inevitable require more zen than I possess.
When this red fabric arrived for the espadrille kits, however, I knew it was the right stuff for my fire engine red Blanca Flight Suit. You guys, I actually gasped out loud when I unrolled this fabric. Not only is it the perfect medium weight and an organic cotton and hemp blend but also this shade of red is so striking.
I mean, this red! I can’t get enough of it. It’s bold and bright without being obnoxious. Once I knew I had the fabric I wanted, I knew I had to make the time. So, I took a few days and did all the things (yes, including a muslin version) and filled the red jumpsuit gap in my closet.
I absolutely love wearing this jumpsuit. It fits beautifully. I did make some alterations, the biggest one being that I sized down one size on the top portion. I’m always smaller on the top than across the hips. I also shortened the sleeves because I prefer them that way and omitted the breast pockets for the same reason.
You have to promise to ignore all of my fly away hairs. I was hurriedly headed out the door to a block party when my husband took these photos. It’s a very ‘real life’ look. Ha!
If I make another Blanca Flight Suit, which I probably will, I will make it a tad tighter and play with color-blocking. Or a linen chambray! Ooh, a white one! Lots of ideas. For now, I’m enjoying this one and taking any chance I get to pull it on!