Classes

Classes and Workshops offered by Mary Lou Rankin the designer and owner of Park Bench Pattern Company. Custom classes are available.

One Jacket For All Seasons IMG_1044
A simple “toss over everything” jacket is often the one garment you wear the most.  From this one design you can make a collection of jackets that are fashionable, flattering, comfortable & creative.  You will learn how to make fitting adjustments that suit your personal needs.

Bring fabric…anything from light or sheer to San Diego winter weather.  Throw in a few unexpected scraps for collar bands or embellishments.  Take home a new hjacket & lots of enthusiasm to make more!  

Hands-on sewing class.  6 hours

Love The Vest, Hate The Fit?
Analyze your personal figure challenges & learn how to overcome them.

Your Personal Color Palette & How To Make It Work For Your Sewing Wardrobe
Don’t collect every color in the rainbow!  Learn to work with colors you will really wear.

Right Pattern, Wrong Fabric
What sewing classes and pattern designers forget to tell you.

Cutting Outside The Lines…fortdesoto-4
Or inside the lines….Just because a pattern starts with one life doesn’t mean it can’t have more. Let me show you how to look at a design, analyze the shape, lines & pieces & then deconstruct it & change the look completely without changing the fit that you love.  With a little knowledge & a few secrets you can become your own designer.

 Hands-on design & sewing class.  6 hours

New & Creative Life For Your Old Sweater
A fun class that will make you smile. You will not find these sweaters in the department stores. These are specialty boutique store creations.

Fabric Note Book
Bring samples of your fabric stash & we will outline design plans for your future sewing projects.

Building A Fabric “Bundle” For Creative Sewing
How to create and use fabric bundles for sewing & design success.

How Does She Do That and How Does She Make It Work?
There is more to color than what you see in the rainbow.  Learn tips & tricks from Park Bench Pattern Company designer Mary Lou Rankin on fabric and color selection.