5 full days of a once in a lifetime duo of fitting and couture sewing with Designer Joi and SUSAN KHALJE!

Designer Joi Mahon
Susan Khalje | Courtesy of Bluprint/NBC Universal

It is with pleasure that I announce a very very special guest. I can’t believe Susan Khalje will be coming to my studio. It Is such an honor. I also can’t believe this is year number 5! How exciting!


Join me for two solid days of pattern making, pattern fitting, and muslin fitting in preparation for sewing a couture garment with Susan the next three days. I will work with each of you ahead of time on your pattern selection. When you come for our pattern and fitting days this is the real deal! This is not just a lesson, but application of everything I teach. We will have an evening of free sew and then Susan will walk us all through sewing our garments with expert couture techniques.


Skip the pot holders and sample projects. This is a dream retreat where you will leave having been enlightened with lots of new solid skills.


Susan will also be bringing a trunk show so you can see many of her couture garments that are featured in Threads magazine and more. Susan is known for her expertise in Chanel and couture sewing being the author of many couture books and enjoys taking small groups of students to Paris each year to study couture.


You won’t regret your time at Sewing Holiday #5. As usual, I will have many special perks and surprises for my guests.


Due to the nature of the content of this event, space is firmly limited to 20. If you want to save a space or need more info, please email joi@dressformsdesign.com

Event Cost: $895 for 5 full expert days


Location: Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory Studio in Sioux City Iowa


Accommodations: Check out Designer Joi’s preferred location: the Linda Sue Manor, a gorgeous Victorian BNB (many Sewing Factory guests stay at this amazing place). Read more on the Travel and Accommodations page.

Email joi@dressformsdesign.com to Reserve Your Spot Today!

Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory

4011 Floyd Blvd.

Sioux City, Iowa 51108


Appointment required

About Sewing Holiday

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What is Sewing Holiday?

Sewing Holiday is a premier destination boutique event with all the best aspects of sewing events combined into one; with some extra added Designer Joi flair! Located at Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory in Sioux City, Iowa. Other classes are held year round at the Factory’s onsite classroom.


Give yourself the gift of sewing! You deserve it!

Don’t’ miss this truly groundbreaking event for sewing. This is your destination sewing event of the year and we can’t wait for you to join us at Designer Joi’s Sewing Holiday. Space is limited so register early as classes will fill up.

What's Included?

What is included in Sewing Holiday or a Designer Joi Sewing Event? When you register you get all of the following:

  • Jam-packed sewing inspired days
  • Special events, speakers and entertainment
  • A-list sewlebrity teachers
  • Classes for all skill levels and sewing interests from fashion, fitting and embroidery to quilting, embellishing and more
  • An exclusive Kids Sewing Camp designed by Joi
  • Master classes for those few students who want a even more extensive learning environment
  • Catered lunches (see specific event)
  • Special gifts and some locations include evening banquets and special goodies
  • Gourmet SWAG bags
  • An amazing charity sewing program
  • Contests
  • Daily Sewing machine give aways (I LOVE to spoil my students)
  • Vendors and sponsorship from some amazing people in the industry including Baby Lock providing machines to classes, Mettler Thread outfitting all our classrooms with thread, Craftsy, McCall Patterns, International Quilt Study Center and the list keeps growing.
  • Over $14,000 in prizes and give aways to guests during Sewing Holiday.
  • Professional Photo Set/ Photo booth, autograph & Meet and Greets
  • The list keeps growing of all the exciting perks and benefits

Travel & Accomodations

Find information about travel and accommodations by clicking HERE.


A one hour lunch break is provided during all day classes. You may bring your own lunch or enjoy a local eatery.  Several are within walking distance  such as Jim’s Burgers, Steinbecks, and Bob Roe’s Pizza or a short drive down the street to popular chain restaurants such as Pizza Ranch, La Fiesta Charra, Chinese Chef, Sonic, Dairy Queen, Sweet E’s Bakery, Subway and more coming soon.

Class Listing

View the current class listings by clicking HERE.


Where do I park?

We have plenty of parking at the Sewing Factory. Most guests park on the street outside of the studio. It’s Free. We have extra parking in the back and a side lot as well. On busy days and special events we have permission to use parking lots at adjacent businesses.

Do I bring my Sewing Machine?

No, Thank you to our Sponsor Baby Lock for outfitting our classroom with beautiful new machines. No more classes hauling your heavy machines, or using old outdated hard to work machines.

How much is a class?

Each class and event is different. Prices are listed in the individual class descriptions.

Is a payment plan available?

Sometimes. If you are registering for lengthy events, or licensing a payment plan is available. Our rule is anything over $900 we will set up 1-3 payments.

How do I register?

it’s easy! Simply click on the Designer Joi Store above and place your class in the shopping cart. You may also email joi@dressformsdesign.com for assistance.

What do I eat for lunch?

Some classes we cater in food, but we have lots of local eateries and some within walking distance. Please see class description or email if you have any questions.

Where do I stay when I come from out of town?

You will need to make your own hotel arrangements. Check out the travel page on the top menu of this site for ideas. We are fans of staying in the Lakeport Commons area because it is by all the great shopping and mall area as well as lots of eateries.

Do I need to rent a car?

If you are flying into SUX you probably don’t. Most of the hotels have shuttles and my assistant is actually an UBER driver so I have a good referral for you if you like, but check with your hotel as many will shuttle you around.

Thank you to our sponsors!