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 (see our about page for photos and info).

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!

HOW TO REGISTER: We are in the process of adding these classes to the online registration form. In the mean time to register simply email joi@dressformsdesign.com to make your reservation.

Designer Joi's Sewing Factory

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Pattern Draping with Designer Joi  

MASTER CLASS

Inquire about the next class date.

CLASS FEE: $145 (includes full day and catered lunch)

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 .

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

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

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:  May 2-6th 2017

TIME: 9am-4:30 PM daily

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

REGISTRATION: $4500 (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) 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!

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: Perfect Fit Licensing Required.

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!

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