Paola — Paola Workwear Jacket Pattern

Workwear-inspired, the Paola jacket combines fashion with practical, everyday wear. Featuring straight boxy fit, four large patch pockets and flat-felled seams for sturdiness, it pairs well with just about everything. Made from our textured heavy-weight linen, it has that lived-in feel from the very first wear.

  • Free print-at-home format on A4 paper
  • Layered PDF to print just your size
  • Most patterns graded in size 0/2 to 28/30
  • Many have Step-by-step instructions on The Thread blog
  • No licensing restrictions. Sew as many as you like

Pattern specifications:

Type: PDF Pattern
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Design Variations:
Sizes: 0/2 to 12/14, 16/18 to 28/30
Illustrations: Yes
Instructions: Yes

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Loved making the jacket
Reviewer: Pleun

I used this pattern to make a quilt jacket and loved it. Sold it for charity and it was an overwhelming success. I am now going to make another one for myself, because quilt jackets are the nicest thing to wear and this pattern makes the quilts shine! Thank you so much for the free pattern, it is a great gift to all of us. xx

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Great utility jacket
Reviewer: Tina

I love this jacket! I usually measure into size 8, but made my Paola in 4/6. Made from fine corduroy and interfaced with quilting cotton because the main fabric seemed not sturdy enough for my purpose. I sewed the seams with wrong sides together, trimmed the interfacing and then flat felled them to the outside. It was not bad at all! Especially considering it's fine cord, interfaced with stiff cotton and my first real jacket. I modified the pockets and sewed them on as last step before buttons to check their placement on my body. I mitered the hem and (modified grown-on) facing and the next one I make will be 2 cm longer and have an applique on the back. Overall it looks great and I even like the collar, though I am usually not a massive fan of them.

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Lovely but collar has too much ease
Reviewer: Deanne

This is a great pattern, lovely shape and fits true to size. However the collar and back facing have too much ease. I am an experienced sewer and have made lots of shirts so I know how to sew a collar. I'm really frustrated as it's such a lovely shape! I have made it twice and staystitched, basted etc but still the collar is way to big for the neckline.

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Love this pattern!
Reviewer: Lauren

Made a jacket out of a quilt I was going to goodwill. It turned out amazing and so comfy!

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Great pattern
Reviewer: Cecilia

I made the Paola jacket in a soft cotton corduroy and it turned out so nice! Very wearable. I am currently working on a patchwork denim version. The pattern is simple but leaves a lot of room for you to customize. There are no cuffs which suits me fine.

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Love this Jacket!
Reviewer: Diana

Made two quilt coats from this pattern. Thank you.

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I love this jacket!
Reviewer: Jenny

This pattern is amazing! It wasn't very difficult to sew. This was my first time sewing a jacket and I enjoyed every minute. The jacket I made is one of my most worn items and I'm very very proud of it. I highly recommend this pattern to confident beginners who want to start making their own outerwear. Thank you for such amazing free patterns

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really good patter
Reviewer: Daryl

really good, but when i printed the pattern none of the lines showed up (only the text), I think there was a problem with the PDF, so I ended up tracing the pattern from my computer screen. still I am really happy with my new jacket

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Clara profile image Great pattern, great jacket, fun to make!
Reviewer: Clara

I made this in 4C22 softened heavyweight in ultramarine (which is out of stock currently - a testament to my eyes being bigger than the time I have to sew!). It's a surprisingly easy pattern for someone like myself who is still getting used to sewing with linen. I love the weight and style. I made it with slightly larger outside lower pockets, and slightly smaller inside pockets just behind them -- a set of secret stash pockets -- and skipped the upper pockets. I'm waiting on some vintage buttons I ordered to finish it -- can't wait to start wearing it; this will become my go-to jacket for sure. Can I just say finding linen has been a revelation for me? Thank you FS!

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Please see my review
Reviewer: Janet

I sewed a size 10 and was disappointed that there is way too much ease on the back facing and on the sleeves. I must have unpicked several times and the result is far from stellar.

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We're sorry you're not loving your Paola workwear jacket. I've sent you an email.

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A pattern that won't stop giving
Reviewer: Noha

Being plus size (bust 48in waist 45in hips 49in) it's hard to find a free well drafted pattern for my size. The pattern has a good amount of ease to be comfy yet look good on me. I used fabrics store instructions. The pattern wasn't hard to put together, however I struggled with the collar and facing, as it was my first time. I made size 20/22. I lengthened and curved the hem and added patch pockets to make it a shaket. Thank you so much fabrics store from Cairo, Egypt

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Alisha profile image Amazing Pattern, Very Cool Jacket
Reviewer: Alisha

This pattern is free but that's not even the best part. The pattern is fairly easy to follow. A beginner with some previous sewing knowledge could handle this because Fabric-store even has a tutorial on their blog "the---thread". Don't overlook that extra opportunity to have even more guidance. The jacket is on trend right now. The young adults in my life call it a Chore Coat and you can see many inspiration pictures online to choose your favorite color. I recommend the 7.1 oz FS Linen!

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Reviewer: Laura

This was my second sewing project ever and I found it to be challenging but in all the right ways. It gave me a lot of my firsts, like using interfacing, creating a collar and buttonholes. I ended up sizing down and the fit is perfect - with still a bit a give. Will make again in correct size with a cozy lining for winter.

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disregard my post
Reviewer: Kathleen

I'm not sure which button I clicked on but found the pattern eventually.

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no pattern
Reviewer: Kathleen

Hi- I downloaded where it says 'Free Download' but it only shows general instructions. Then I found link to step by step but no patterns. Where can I find the pattern? I just rec'd my linen from you all and hope to sew this up. Cheers- Kathleen

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Got a few pages, but no pattern in the download
Reviewer: Valerie

I also had the issue of not getting the pattern in the download. I got some nice pictures of jacket, but no pattern.

FS Team profile image F|S Team

Good afternoon! I am sending you a follow-up email as well. But to access the pattern pieces - open this file in Adobe Reader. In the Adobe Reader menu click View - Show/Hide - Navigation Panes - Attachments. Adobe will pop open a side panel with the attached file which is the pattern pieces. Double click on the attached file and Adobe will open it for you :)

POP! I used the pattern to draft the lining in some medium-weight 100% linen from FS (unfortunately sold out now)

Posted by Lauren

My Paola in 4C22 Earth. I subbed out the patch pockets for angled single welt hip pockets. Love this!

Posted by Lauren

Really pleased with my jacket, very easy to sew & perfect size for me.

Posted by Ruth

This was my first attempt with this pattern and though I made some big mistakes (collar attachment and felled seems in the wrong direction), it was fairly easy. The only thing I couldn't do is continue the felled sees down the arm. I'd love to hear how one does that on a sewing machine.

Posted by Rachel

The pattern and tutorial are easy to follow and make a great piece. I'm not an expert sewist, and this turned out nicely.

Posted by Rachel

I love this pattern. I made it out of chambray, and am quite pleased with the result. I needed to shorten the arms considerably. There is a lot of topstitching on this pattern, and an edgestitching sewing machine foot would have been helpful. Another comment - if I made this again, I might change the proportions of the pockets to better accommodate my phone, etc. Still, all-in-all, this was a great project.

Posted by Martha

Love this jacket! Made it with 4C22 Mixed Natural. I was worried it wouldn't look good in this color but I love how it turned out! I didn't put the collar but added a hood to it. I also added flaps to the upper pockets. This jacket is perfect for SoCal fall/ winter.

Posted by Alice

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PATTERN. It is the easiest pattern I have ever done. I made a size 8/10. I also added a lining. I will definitely create more like this.

Posted by Amirah

Paola jacket in 4C22 MOONFLOWER Premier Finish with large bust alteration. I still need to find the right buttons for it.

Posted by Stephanie

Thanks for this great pattern. I made my jacket in corduroy. This sizing was just right. It was a treat to sew and such a comfortable garment to wear.

Posted by Jennifer

Finished! This is the first jacket I've every made. The pattern made it super easy! I used 4C22 Earth Softened linen, and an assortment of large odd buttons from my button box. Omitted the patch pockets and instead added side seam pockets. Shortened the length by 2.5" for my shorter frame. I love it! I hope to make another one.

Posted by Patty

This was the first jacket pattern I've made! It went very smoothly. The only change I made was to the size of the pockets. I definitely want to make this one again in another fabric! (The fabric I used here is fleece.) Thank you fabrics-store for the free pattern !!

Posted by Sarah

I enjoyed making this a lot -- lots of complements on it too!

Posted by Clara

Ever since I uncovered a vintage French chore jacket at a flea market years ago, I have been obsessed with this timeless jacket design. If you follow me on Pinterest, you are not surprised to read this. I have dreamed of creating my own version for a while and finally found the perfect sewing pattern to do it! You can read more about this project here:

Posted by Morgann

Hacked into a shacket

Posted by Noha

Great pattern! I used 4C22 EMERALD Softened - 100% Linen - Heavy and it came out well. I placed one of the upper pockets on the inside of the jacket. I will certainly get alot of wear out of this piece.

Posted by Rosemarie

FS Paola Work Wear Jacket made with Red Cotton Twill requested by my son in law. For the men's jackets, I used the size guide to estimate which size might work for them even though it has women's sizing. This wasn't too tricky and I measured their shoulder width to make sure I got it correct comparing the width to the top of the back piece pattern. For men, you also need to put the buttons on the opposite side – buttons on the right, buttonholes on the left. You can find more info on my heirloom quality handmade clothing here:

Posted by Alisha

This very practical jacket which I made with pinwale corduroy. I did not have enough green corduroy, so I decided to make contrast pockets with blue corduroy. I decided to put side splits in for ease of movement and minimised some top stitching. I did move the buttons closer to the collar as the original image looked like it was gaping a little bit. Otherwise, no other alterations. Made a size 4/6 and I am an Australian size 10. It has perfect roominess for me as I plan to wear it with layers in the cooler weather. Love this jacket and plan on making more!

Posted by June
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