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!

Class Descriptions

Sewing Holiday 2020

 

JOI FOR A DAY- custom dates

 

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.)

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

1- Hour Consultations - custom dates

 

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.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Ultimate Fitting Retreat - September 25-27

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 . . .

 

What a great opportunity to have Joi fit you in person.

 

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: $295

Click Here to Register

 

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!

Perfect Fit Licensing - DATE TBA

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 Perfection – November 5-8

Join Designer Joi in her studio the Sewing Factory for an intensive four-day pants focused workshop. Skip the fluff and learn to really understand pant and how they fit the body. In this four day event, you will learn how to understand the dynamics of pants and how they interact with the unique body shapes we all have. Learn how body mass and placement affect the comfort of pants. Day two you will pattern your own pants pattern using Joi’s unique pattern making approach with a true custom pattern. Skip basic pant block drafting methods. You want a real custom pattern and that’s what you will get. Day three is more fitting, and flat pattern techniques so you can use your custom pant to design other styles of pants. If time permits we will have a pants draping breakout session and class will include an evening sewing session too. Class is limited to 9 students due to the intensity of the class. All skill levels are always welcome. No supplies necessary. We will provide everything you need.

 

Learn Skills from a Pro for only $595!

 

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

 

Pattern Club Live Event – October 9-11

For members and non-members. Join Designer Joi for a live pattern event held at The Sewing Factory, home of Designer Joi. Learn more than artful pattern making, instead learn in-depth skills that will transform your sewing. Begin with basics of pattern making, then delve into the intentional use of fitting elements and creative design to make clothing that fits all body shapes, enhance the figure, and more. Students will make a pattern binder, receive materials such as slopers, inserts for their class binder with mini lessons, and have the opportunity to create a customer design in half scale during our evening sew. Space is limited – first come, first serve.

 

Take this opportunity to catch up if you are a current club member, ask live questions, learn under guidance, receive free membership to our online club 2019-2020, and more…

 

Pattern making is more than just learning from a book. In custom design and sewing, it’s about understanding the interaction between the pattern and the custom body

 

For all skill levels: you can never know it all in pattern design. If you are a new pattern maker, this is the perfect opportunity to learn from an expert. If you are a seasoned veteran, take the time to learn the advanced skills that go beyond the pattern.

 

3 Day Event for $295!

 

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

 

Bodice Fitting Perfection

Join Designer Joi in her studio the Sewing Factory for an intensive four-day upper body bodice fitting focused workshop. Skip the fluff and learn to really understand how to fit the upper body. In this four day event, you will learn how to understand the dynamics of the torso, how posture and the shape of the spine affects fit and of course debunk the mystery of sleeve fitting. Learn how patterns interact with the unique body shapes we all have. Learn how the natural degeneration of the spine affects the comfort and look of garments on the torso. Day two you will pattern your own upper body pattern using Joi’s unique pattern making approach with a true custom pattern. Even if you have taken one of Joi’s classes this is the prime time to study under her directly in a small group for successful results.  Skip basic drafting methods. You want a real custom pattern and that’s what you will get. Day three is more fitting, and flat pattern techniques so you can use your custom pant to design other styles of pants. If time permits we will have a draping breakout session and class will include an evening sewing session too. Class is limited to 12 students MAX due to the depth that class will go into. All skill levels are always welcome. No supplies necessary. We will provide everything you need.

 

Learn Skills from a Pro for only 595!

 

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

 

Winter Sewing Retreat – Snow Much Fun – January 23-24

Join Designer Joi in the heart of winter for a snow much fun winter sewing retreat. In this cozy retreat, Joi will plan some fun winter projects such as her fun reversible jacket to have in case you run out of things to do. Class will be open to you as the student bringing unfinished projects, designs to work on, fitting projects you need help with, questions or anything you want Joi to help you with or create a class on the spot. Use classroom machines, thread and tools. This is a fun affordable event at a time of year when not a lot is going on. If you are a quilter and want to quilt you are welcome.

 

This is a perfect time for some one on one or just guidance under Designer Joi.

 

Class Fee $75.00 Bring your own project supplies if that applies.

 

WHAT IF WE GET SNOWED IN??? We planned the retreat next to a weekend just in case. We are used to winter around these parts so we are here and the event will go on snow or shine. How much fun if it really does snow???

 

Designer Joi’s Sewing Factory

4011 Floyd Blvd.

Sioux City, Iowa 51108

 

Appointment required

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!

Class Registration

Q&A

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.

Travel & Accomodations

Find information about travel and accommodations by clicking HERE.

Food

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.

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