A Very Big Studio Project


We have been a little quiet on the blog but for a very good reason. Many of you know that I am in the process of moving my studio to a new location to help with my expanding fashion sewing business.


Ever have one of those moments where you feel completely overwhelmed, but over-the-top excited at the same time? Well I am having one of those moments right now.


There is so much to do at my new studio, “Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory,” and yet I am so excited I can’t stop thinking about it!


Just a couple days ago I had a wall installed which completed the look of our photography studio. I am really happy with how it turned out! Now my assistant and I will have a bunch of different places where we can take pictures or record videos to share with you all on social media (hey send us ideas of things you would like to learn if you want).


I am trying to decide what color to paint the walls, or if I should just paint them white and put up colored backdrops? There are so many options.


Also, I just found out that the carpet for the front section could be put in and done by the end of the week, which means that I don’t have very much time to get all the painting done. However, I am very excited for the carpet installation as I feel like it’s going to bring the whole room together. I spent ages trying to find the right carpet so I just hope the painting is done before it’s installed so that I don’t ruin it too soon. Not to worry though because family and friends have volunteered (or have been sweetly volun-told) to help me finish this big job before the end of the week.


Some of you may know this already, but Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory used to be a bank a long time ago (with a roller-skating rink on the second floor- pretty cool right!) so I have this awesome bank vault that I am trying to remodel.


I thought about making this a dressing room since I could put a curtain in front of the door opening and leave the vault door open the whole time. But then I imagined the look on people’s faces when I showed them to the mysterious vault, and it became very clear to me that this shouldn’t be a dressing room- although that would be really really fun.


I thought I could make it into the break room with tables and chairs, or just make it a decorative piece by refinishing it and adding in screws and cogs to make it match the theme of the Sewing Factory. I just learned new metallic painting techniques and we will start by refinishing the outside door metallic silver with a texture. The inside will be hot pink for fun.


Stay tuned for photos of how it turns out.


All in all, this is one of the scariest and happiest times in my life. I have been thinking about getting a new space for some time now but I didn’t have any idea about where I should start looking. I drove past this place for years and then one day, it just clicked. The timing of this new space becoming available could not have been more perfect. Location TBA very soon after the remodeling is done. We want to have a big reveal!


I am looking forward to having my own photo studio so I can more frequently better illustrate what I am talking about in “My Perfect Fit Blog” for you all, I am looking forward to a whole series of videos that we are planning, and I am eager to share more details about some new classes that will be held in the Sewing Factory. WOW! A permanent classroom for all my students!


A Big thank you to Baby Lock for outfitting me with all the latest Baby Lock Sewing Machine models for my classroom! I could not do this without them.


A grand opening party and 40th Birthday Bash for Joi all on the same day November 19th! More info soon. RSVP required! In the mean time check out our Ultimate Birthday Bash sewing give away on www.designerjoi.com.

Ultimate Coat Class The Premier Studio Event held at Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory November 14-18th Space is limited to 8 students for this master class. Stay for the Grand Opening Saturday the 19th.

“Joi for a Day” Classes! Book your one on one day or double day with Designer Joi and learn the topic of your choice. Joi will plan a class entirely for you. Great for you and a friend too. Space is booked based on availability. Please inquire joi@dressformsdesign.com.

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  • Kay Huff

    06.10.2016 at 11:39

    Congratulations. This is very exciting and I am looking forward to more pictures and more info.

  • Judy Parker

    07.10.2016 at 22:31

    Joi, do you get tornados in your part of the country? That vault would be a good place to shelter if you keep it clear enough for people to get in. I worked in a financial institution and that is where we always went when there was a tornado warning.

    • joi

      12.10.2016 at 16:54

      Tornadoes oh yes we get those. It’s funny you say that because I just mentioned that the other day stating that we had a storm shelter. I think we have settled on the vault holding my vaccuum and supplies and putting my swatch books on the shelves. SO it will be my source room.

  • Jan Sturtevant

    12.10.2016 at 04:57

    Yay!! And congratulations!! Enjoy your new space…

    • joi

      12.10.2016 at 16:53

      Thank you so much. Contract work is coming to a close and carpet will be in next week. Hurray and scary too!!

  • Lynda Blyth

    22.10.2016 at 04:12

    how exciting for you, have fun!

  • Lisa Bucy

    21.11.2016 at 18:20

    Congratulations Joi…..!!! Your studio is super!!!

    • joi

      13.12.2016 at 18:22

      Hey Lisa, thanks so much!!! It is changing daily as we get all the final fixtures.

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