Designer Joi's Sewing Factory Classes and Events

The Sewing Factory provides classes for all skill levels, sewing interests and price points in a beautiful 3,000 sq. foot facility with a fully outfitted classroom. LEAVE YOUR MACHINE HOME!

We are always adding new classes so keep checking for new listings and sign up for our newsletter to receive early announcements and updates.

Space is always limited so register early!

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HOW TO REGISTER:  Simply click the REGISTRATION tab at the top of this page!!!!

Designer Joi's Sewing Factory

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Inspiring Stitches CLUB Block of the Month Club  $99 Be a part of the CLUB!

Join Designer Joi and friends in the studio for monthly Heartland Heritage quilt Block lessons, free sew- a longs, monthly open sew, and free access to the Tiara Long arm for free motion quilting once your quit top is complete.
You also receive extra project patterns, block coloring sheets and bonus Heartland Heritage projects only available to club members. Earn Sewing bucks to use at the end of the year.
This is ideal for all skill levels. If you are learning to sew it’s a perfect stress free time to learn from the experts and learn with other sewing friends. If you are a seasoned sewist come share your knowledge with others and simply have a fun time. MINIMAL time involvement. If you can’t make every month not a problem. Come and participate when you can and make up your blocks the next month or on your own, and there will be plenty of opportunities to sew at the factory around your schedule.
If you plan about an hour or two each month you will have a complete quilt at the end of the year at an excellent price. You be the designer as you can pick out your own colors with this scrappy project.
Club membership includes: everything above as well as 5 yards background fabric. (each month bring your fabric scraps, share with friends, or use some studio pieces if you do not have any. Fat quarters are available for a few dollars each month)

It’s SNOW much Fun Sewing Winter Retreat!  $150 – three full days in the studio

It may snow, It may not, It may be cold, but our sewing machines will be HOT! Start off the new year with a fun & relaxing sewing event designed by students. Join Designer Joi at the Sewing Factory for an informal sewing retreat. Joi will be available to teach lessons on just about any sewing topic by request, we will have open sewing for registered students, bring a new project to start on, or sew one of Joi’s patterns. This is in unstructured event. We will provide goodies, and hot cocoa!

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You will have access to all of Joi’s machines such as Heavy Duty Jane, the Sashiko, embroidery, quilting, fashion sewing, serging, the large cutting table, all the thread you need and more . . .

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Class Fee $150 for three full days of studio time and lessons.

 

 

Class Includes studio time, thread, any basic sewing supplies, and lots of fun. Lunch not included, but we will order in or break for lunch

 

Please preregister by emailing joi@dressformsdesign.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Sewmantic! A date with you and your sewing machine.  $55.00 for the morning class, $75.00 afternoon bias class

We had so much fun Valentine Sewing last year we thought we’d celebrate again this year with some fun classes. More info very soon. We are waiting on a date confirmation but tentative around the 8th of February.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Designer Joi, Dress Forms Design Studio, LLC & The Sewing Factory

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Anyone can take my fit info and turn around and teach a class based on what they have learned. It happens all the time, however you may NOT be teaching it correctly and you may not have a complete understanding of my process or knowledge of all the common questions students ask. I get questions from fit teachers all the time asking for help and they are out there teaching others fit based on old school home sewing methods. There is a BETTER way.

I have developed my method from over 25 years of applying it in real life scenarios. My designs are proof of how well my clothing fits.  If my techniques resonated with you and you would like to teach this method in your classes and/or store than you want to be an official Designer Joi Perfect Fit Licensed Teacher.

Train with me when I teach a live class, train in my studio to, and have access to my skills at an in-depth level. If you want training on how to teach fit to others, how to answer student questions, how to understand the body and its connection to fit, more  in-depth learning on why most fit methods don’t work, if you would like to learn how to teach fitting classes and make money from teaching than this class is for you.

I won’t approve just anyone. If I am putting my name behind someone I want to know you were trained correctly and that you understand the method completely. Imagine training with the developer of something others try to replicate?

License teachers receive wholesale pricing on all Designer Joi books, fabrics, and supplies to use in your business. Certificate and Exclusive Logo items included.

Teacher Training includes everything in Perfect Fit Licensing and help booking classes and developing a pricing system. You will be listed on our website and in all our social media. We will promote your fitting events and can help you create custom graphics for you to use in social media and other business needs.

If you teach and already have experience fitting and want to take your skills to the next PROFESSIONAL level than teacher training is for you. PLEASE INQUIRE

DATE:  CUSTOM

TIME: 9am-4:30 PM daily

LOCATION: Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory • 4011 Floyd Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51108

REGISTRATION: See Perfect Perfect Fit Licensing Description. These classes will be held together.  Meant for those  sewing and fitting in business. Includes dress form, lunches, bolt of muslin, books at cost, 5 hours of private training throughout the year upon request. Breakout lesson on teaching a fit workshop, working with students, 10 most frequent questions, how to book teaching gigs, working with sponsors and business forms. Train LIVE with Joi. I do NOT license through an online course. PAYMENT plan available.

Please Inquire

To Register, email joi@dressformsdesign.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Sewing Machines graciously provided by Baby Lock. All class supplies provided by Designer Joi including things like pattern paper, draping muslin and some fabrics in her studio, and you NEVER need to bring your own sewing supplies. Each workstation is supplied with all the sewing tools you need. Go on, spoil yourself — you deserve it!

It’s the Ultimate Fashion & Fitting Event with a Pro. FIVE full days only $695

By popular request Joi’s has created her sell out event for adults. Join Designer Joi in a week-long sewing experience from inspiration to completed design. This intensive week will challenge your creativity while learning design concepts from a professional designer. For students who want an in-depth full of learning week in a smaller group environment at a master class level. Joi will be your design coach and help you advance your skills by offering personal guidance. Ideal for all skill levels.

This event will feature learning skills in fashion draping, the difference between good and great draping, flat patterning, Joi’s NEW fitting method tools, muslin making, muslin fitting and much more. It is the complete package of skills.

This will be a fun and full interactive week where you will learn REAL results and sew and fit like Joi.

Class is limited to 15 students. Minimum 5 to hold this event. Class fee $695 for the week and includes muslin, sewing gift and goody bag. Inquire about dress form. You may use studio forms, bring your own, or order a dress form.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Designer Joi, Dress Forms Design Studio, LLC & The Sewing Factory

 

Pattern Draping with Designer Joi  

THE NEXT DRAPING EVENT WILL BE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ultimate FASHION & FITTING RETREAT January 22-26th 2018. See that class listing for more information. Please inquire about the next Draping exclusive event.

 

MASTER CLASS

Inquire about the next class date.

CLASS FEE: $145 THIS FEE is combined with the Ultimate Event on March 19-23rd NOT additional fee

CLASS FEE: $245 (includes full day and catered lunch, PLUS industrial draping form)

 

 (Please note: industrial draping form is required for this class. If you do not have one of your own, you will need to purchase one with the class.)

 

INSTRUCTOR: Designer Joi, Dress Forms Design Studio, LLC & The Sewing Factory

 

DESCRIPTION:  By popular demand, Designer Joi will share her secret to quality pattern design through draping (sculpting) fabric on an industrial form. Not all draping classes are equal and Joi will share tips and tricks for making your pattern great not just good. This hands on class includes the students own Designer Joi custom industrial ½ scale form that you will learn and make samples on. It is also yours to take home afterwards. You will also learn Joi’s approach to measuring the body, and applying these ½ scale designs to full size garments. This is a great foundation for expanding your design and sewing abilities. Also ideal if you plan to participate in Half Scale design competitions, persue a career in fashion. This class is open to all skill levels from beginners wanting to learn a new skill to those with experience draping wanting another perspective as well as a designer’s eye to perfecting your technique. This is Joi’s most popular class and it sells out quick so register soon space is limited.

 

STUDENT SUPPLIES:
  • Fabric scissors
  • Dressmaker pins
  • 12” ruler
  • 4 yards of 45” on grain muslin

 

KIT FEE: Included in class fee.  KIT DESCRIPTION: Class fee includes Designer Joi Logo bag, tape measure, garment draping tape, goodies from Joi’s sponsors, handouts and more .

PERFECT FIT LICENSING- PLEASE INQUIRE

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Licensing is designed for the student who wants a deeper in-depth training in Designer Joi’s Fit Method  and for those wanting to take their fitting results to a higher level. There is fit and then there is amazing fit. There is a difference. It is also ideal for sewing professionals sewing for business and fitting customers for custom clothing. Students in the license course are required to have taken a live class with Joi or have completed her two online Craftsy classes on fit which will provide a basic foundation before attending class. This is an intensive class so you will be given as much information as we can jam pack into the week and class space is limited to no more than 5-6 students. This will allow class to delve deeper into fitting and deeper into Joi’s fit method. Class features include:

  • History of Designer Joi’s Fit method and it’s real life application
  • Understanding old methods and why they don’t work with the modern body
  • Learning areas of fit and how to make custom areas of measure
  • Adjusting patterns to the individual body (how patterns should really be used)
  • Making a fit sample and an in-depth look at fittings featuring real life examples
  • How to take a muslin to the final stages
  • Personalizing any pattern to any body
  • How to work with clients
  • How to fit people you have never seen
  • How to fun a sewing business (upon request)
  • Testing for Licensure
  • Access to special classes each year at a discount: sleeves, pants, torso  . . .
  • Break outs with Joi Via Skype or in person
  • Receive 10 hours of additional training/consulting with Joi via skype (must be used within 1 year or licensing
  • Discounts on bolts of muslin and other sewing tools
  • Receive 2 bolts of Designer Joi’s Exclusive Draping Muslin to utilize with your new skills
  • Unique Swag bag from Joi
  • and more . . .

DATE:  March 5-9th 2018

TIME: 9am-4:30 PM daily

LOCATION: Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory • 4011 Floyd Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51108

REGISTRATION: $4500 Payment plan available. (It’s not cheap to spend a week learning Joi’s trade secrets, but you will be given exclusive knowledge and the ability to utilize fit more successfully in your business and sewing. I don’t give this info away for free and I only want to put my name on those who really know my method. I do not certify by taking an online class! Train live) Once you are licensed you are always licensed and you will have access to me for continued education and fitting needs.

OPTIONAL: Yearly training renewal $395 which includes 5 hours of training and major discounts on Designer Joi classes and training.

TEACHER TRAINING LICENSING AVAILABLE as an add on

Licensing is held 1-3 times a year

To Register, email joi@dressformsdesign.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Sewing Machines graciously provided by Baby Lock. All class supplies provided by Designer Joi including things like pattern paper, draping muslin and some fabrics in her studio, and you NEVER need to bring your own sewing supplies. Each workstation is supplied with all the sewing tools you need. Go on, spoil yourself — you deserve it!

PANTS FITTING $395

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Join Designer Joi and learn how she approaches fitting pants. Joi started pants fitting when she was 15 working in a tailor’s shop. In this class you will learn pants fitting solutions for common pants fitting issues such as:

  • Learning areas of fit on the body relating to pants fitting and how to customize a pants pattern for your body
  • Adjusting patterns to the individual body (how patterns should really be used)
  • Making a crotch curve template.
  • Making a fit sample and an in-depth look at fittings featuring real life examples
  • How to take a muslin to the final stages
  • Personalizing any pattern to any body
  • Learn about Altering Ready to Wear pants.
  • Learn some Flat pattern design of a pants sloper
  • and more . . .
  • Tentative Friday Free Open Sew at the Factory to practice what you have learned all week.
  • In class we will work through sample pants patterns and full size pants patterns. Students will practice on half scale and then use the application on a full size pattern if time allows each day.

DATE:  April  2018

TIME: 9am-4:30 PM daily

LOCATION: Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory • 4011 Floyd Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51108

REGISTRATION: $395

To Register, email joi@dressformsdesign.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Sewing Machines graciously provided by Baby Lock. All class supplies provided by Designer Joi including things like pattern paper, draping muslin and some fabrics in her studio, and you NEVER need to bring your own sewing supplies. Each workstation is supplied with all the sewing tools you need. Go on, spoil yourself — you deserve it!

EVENT DESCRIPTION

This is the most customized sewing and/or fitting experience you can schedule with Designer Joi. By popular student request, Joi will design a class exclusively for you based on the skills you wish to learn or develop further. Popular Joi for a day class topics include: draping, fitting, learn to sew, sewing in business, pattern making, to name a few. You will have access to Joi’s full studio for inspiration in a small setting this is an ideal option for you and or  1-4 of your sewing friends who want personalized attention or a very small group lesson the topic of your choice. Joi for a day is for individuals, ASG groups, student groups, college students in fashion design and anyone wanting to learn more.

Joi for a day Fitting classes include: Joi walking you through her time tested fitting method using a fit sample pattern as practice. This will help you learn all the areas of fit and how to customize fit and develop new areas of fit unique to your own body. You will receive a detailed personal fit sample and take it from pattern, to fitting sample to polished pattern. Joi for a day fitting classes are recommended for 2 days so Joi offers BOGO buy one get one free for this topic.

DATE: You select the date

TIME: 9am-4:30 PM

LOCATION: Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory • 4011 Floyd Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51108

REGISTRATION: $575 BOGO (buy one day and get your second free)

To Register, email joi@dressformsdesign.com to schedule your unique custom theme sewing event.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Sewing Machines graciously provided by Baby Lock. Class supplies will be discussed upon booking. Joi provides many things such as pattern paper, draping muslin and some fabrics in her studio and you NEVER need to bring your own sewing supplies. Each workstation is supplied with all the sewing tools you need. Go on, spoil yourself — you deserve it.

EXCLUSIONS: JOI for a DAY classes are 1 per person per topic. (for example if you want to learn fitting you book your day  and the complementary free day but you cannot book 4 consecutive days of fitting. You would then need to take the full fit week training.)

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Do you need a smaller nugget of time to pick Joi’s skills for a particular sewing topic? Maybe you don’t need an entire day. Schedule a 1-hour consult with Joi either by phone or in person. Popular topics include:

  • Quick fitting tips
  • Muslin evaluation
  • fitting evaluation
  • how to sew a zipper
  • hemming advice
  • sewing as a business tips and tricks
  • and more . . .

DATE: You select the date

TIME: 9am-4:30 PM

LOCATION: Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory • 4011 Floyd Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51108

REGISTRATION: $75-100

To Register, email joi@dressformsdesign.com to schedule your unique custom theme sewing event.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Sewing Machines graciously provided by Baby Lock. Class supplies will be discussed upon booking. Joi provides many things such as pattern paper, draping muslin and some fabrics in her studio and you NEVER need to bring your own sewing supplies. Each workstation is supplied with all the sewing tools you need. Go on, spoil yourself — you deserve it.

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Finally the fitting knowledge you need.

Have you purchased every fit book, taken every fit class and still have fitting issues and questions left unanswered? Finally, real fitting solutions! Join Designer Joi for the ultimate fitting experience in her spacious Sewing Factory creative space. Designer Joi not only teaches a class on fit. There are a lot of classes on fit you can choose from. What is exclusive to Joi is she bases her knowledge NOT on repeating the same traditional fit info many others teach based on home sewing methods geared toward body issues from over 75 years ago. Joi bases her knowledge after sewing in business for other people and fitting real people for over 25 years. Look at her designs and you will see the difference.

Skip commonly taught generic fit lessons and join Joi for an approach that is timeless and works on any pattern for any body and any size. This is the information you need to achieve REAL results. Fit is about addressing the real, modern body and understanding what really affects fit. Before you sew a single stitch and doom yourself to often misdiagnosed fitting problems spend a class with Designer Joi.

FEATURES:

  • Small group attention from Joi
  • Access to over 25 years of REAL life fitting experience
  • Personalized lessons geared to you and the groups needs
  • Learn in Designer Joi’s beautiful historic Sewing Factory where she creates all of her designs
  • Access to Joi’s fabric stash, rolls and rolls for pattern paper and draping fabric and all the supplies you will need.
  • Time to focus on developing skills that will last you a lifetime
  • Logo items, afternoon goodies, Joi’s exclusive swag bags and more . . .

We will spend Friday learning Joi’s Fit Method, there will be an optional evening open measure/ fit, and Saturday will be geared toward everyone making their own fitting sample after adjusting their pattern. What a great opportunity to have Joi fit you in person.

DATEThe next Fit Class will be held Fall 2017. Check back for our fall calendar. This class is also available for small groups by special request.

TIME: 9am-4:30 PM daily

LOCATION: Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory • 4011 Floyd Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51108

REGISTRATION: $150 Includes Lunch

To Register, email joi@dressformsdesign.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Sewing Machines graciously provided by Baby Lock. All class supplies provided by Designer Joi including things like pattern paper, draping muslin and some fabrics in her studio, and you NEVER need to bring your own sewing supplies. Each workstation is supplied with all the sewing tools you need. Go on, spoil yourself — you deserve it!

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Please go to our Full Sewing Holiday Event page under the classes tab at the top of this page for all the details.

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Please go to our Full Sewing Holiday Event page under the classes tab at the top of this page for all the details.

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