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Registration is a la carte for individual days or events. Pick one or all it’s custom for you. Class prices are listed in the individual class descriptions.

Class Descriptions & Dates:

Friday & Saturday JULY 13-14th 9:00-4:30
Red & White Quilting: An Iconic Tradition

INSTRUCTOR: Linda Pumphrey, Mountain Mist Batting


DESCRIPTION: Join Linda as she shares a wealth of knowledge about quilts, quilt history and teaches many of the blocks in this beautiful book.


Learn how to create beautiful high-contrast Red &White blocks. You will sew both pieced and applique’ blocks from Linda’s Red & White Quilting book. Linda will share helpful hints and tips that you need to know when working with high contrast colors. Finishing options, techniques and instructions will be included in class to make your blocks into a table runner or wall hanging, that will be sure to wow your friends and family.


Class is limited to 25 students so register early. Machines provided by Baby Lock. FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS.


STUDENT SUPPLIES: All Supplies provided for Students.


CLASS FEE: $295 Includes: two-day master class, fabrics, kits, batting, book and goody bag . . .


KIT PRICE: NONE  // KIT DESCRIPTION:  Items included in registration fee. Includes your  fabrics.


SWAG BAGS to every guest, Gifts, Sewing Machine Give away to one lucky winner during this 2-day event and more . . .

Monday & Tuesday JULY 16-17th 9:00-4:30
Joi & Jan Leather Button Bag Event

DESCRIPTION: You are in for a real treat during this premier sewing event at Designer Joi’s Sewing Holiday. Learn how to sew a real leather handbag using Designer Joi’s Button handbag pattern.  Learn how to mark & cut a leather hide, how to sew leather, industrial tricks, make your own handle, how to seam leather, what thread and needles to use and more. Designer Joi’s Button Handbag features a custom lining with zipper pocket, snap closure and fun handle.  You will get to pre-select your hide color and embroidery color prior to class.  This class features the unique abilities of the Baby Lock Jane, a machine uniquely suited for heavy duty sewing. Class will also feature a denim sewing breakout lesson.


Register Early as this class is sure to sell out fast.


As seen on Sew at Home.


Kit and Supplies: Class Fee includes the cost of your leather hide. All sewing supplies will be provided for students. You will have the opportunity to pre-select the color of your leather hide prior to class if registered at least 3 weeks before the event.


Class Fee: $295 (includes your leather hide)

Wednesday JULY 18th 9:00-4:30
Wovens to Knits Fashion Sewing Workshop with Designer Joi

INSTRUCTOR: Designer Joi, Dress Forms Design Studio, LLC


DESCRIPTION: In this fashion sewing class Designer Joi wants to really get you sewing. A majority of fashion patterns are designed for woven fabrics, however, there are so many fun and beautiful knit/stretch fabrics that Designer Joi wants to show you her solid method for converting woven patterns to knit.  Knit make fitting easier, but they also require less fabric to make a garment. Learn a few simple calculations, learn how to adjust using a serger and work through a full-size pattern in class that you will then be able to sew for yourself. This will be a fun new kind of fashion and knit sewing class. Featured in Threads Magazine


CLASS FEE: $125 Includes: class fee, swag bag, and all class supplies.


STUDENT SUPPLIES: All supplies will be provided.
basic sewing supplies


You may need to pick a standard pattern size prior to class, but will be notified


KIT PRICE: There is no kit fee.

Thursday JULY 19th 9:00-4:30
Perfect Fit Pattern Techniques with Designer Joi's Perfect Fit Templates

INSTRUCTOR: Designer Joi, Dress Forms Design Studio, LLC


DESCRIPTION: Join Joi in an all new class featuring new fitting tools and techniques developed Fall 2017. Each student will receive a reusable Perfect Fit Pattern Board Tool, will learn new application for Joi’s fitting method, and in class we will work through an actual fashion jacket pattern applying Joi’s process. Leave with new pattern fitting tools, and a fitted pattern scaled to your body and ready to sew.


Bring your fitting questions to class.


Creating the Perfect fit is something all garment sewers want to achieve. Join Designer Joi as she takes you through her unique method of fit and learn how easy, real, and approachable fit can be for everyone. Joi has been developing her own methods for over 25 years and is a true pattern maker and fitter. Skip the same fitting stuff that is always taught.  Learn the most effective way to measure a body and scale a pattern to your correct body shape- a missing element in most methods. Joi has several mythbusters about fit that will change your whole thinking about how to use a pattern.  This class is for all skill levels. Joi will go through many common examples and show you how easy they are to correct,  and it is NOT creating a weird pattern shape that matches your body. Learn Joi’s EXCLUSIVE bust curve, bust quadrant and vertical bustline process which is worth the time in class just for this information. Learn why Joi’s dislikes FBA’s (full bust adjustments because they are not custom) and so much more. Hang on tight because Joi has a lot to share!! You are never disappointed in a class with Joi she truly keeps you going the entire class and wanting more.  If you have taken every fit class, bought every fit book, or have given up on sewing clothing then this class if for you as well as seasoned sewing veterans. Joi will give you new knowledge and help you see how easy and FUN fitting can be. Based on her popular Craftsy classes, her books, McCall Patterns, Live events AND Designer Joi’s Perfect Fit Blog which is taking the blog/fitting world by storm. Bring your own questions and examples for class discussion!


This class is ideal for anyone wanting to learn how to really fit and gain real-life solutions to fit. If you have taken Joi’s classes before or have joined her on Craftsy this will be a great addition to your classes and build on those skills and learn how to work with other patterns. If you have never taken a fit class with Joi this will give you great experience into her method of fit.


Prerequisite: It is not required, but if you can take Joi’s Craftsy class Fast Track Fitting and Fast Track Fitting In the Details prior to class it will greatly benefit you and help you gain a solid foundation and we can dig deeper in this live class with Joi.


CLASS FEE: $125  Includes: Day class, SWAG bag, goodies, and one lucky guest will win a big prize.


STUDENT SUPPLIES: paper scissors, scotch tape

KIT PRICE: No Kit Required  //  FOR SALE: Joi will have her book Create the Perfect Fit: Measuring and Pattern Fitting for Real Sewing Solutions available for purchase/order and autographs.

Friday JULY 20th 9:00-4:30
Fashion Draping with Designer Joi

INSTRUCTOR: Designer Joi, Dress Forms Design Studio, LLC


DESCRIPTION: Back by popular demand. This fun yet jam-packed class is always a student favorite. Learn along with Designer Joi the process of draping or sculpting fabric on a 3D body as a form of pattern making. All you fans of Project Runway will love this class. Learn about grain, how to apply grain to a pattern, how to build in custom ease and more. When you understand the development of patterns you will better understand sewing, fit, fabric and patterns.


At the end of class you will have a small free Draping time, and then we will decorate the store front window and do a photo shoot.


CLASS FEE: $150 (does not include dress form) Includes: Day class, , SWAG bag, goodies, muslin fabric and more . . . You will need a form for draping. You can reserve one of Joi’s Studio forms first come first serve, or preorder a half scale form for $145.00. If you have a form you are welcome to bring that to class.


STUDENT SUPPLIES: All supplies will be provided

KIT PRICE: No Kit Required  //  FOR SALE: Joi will have her book Create the Perfect Fit: Measuring and Pattern Fitting for Real Sewing Solutions available for purchase/order and autographs.

Friday JULY 20th 6:00-????
Closing Events and Fun

INSTRUCTOR: Designer Joi, Dress Forms Design Studio, LLC

Finish off your fun jam-packed week of sewing and learning with our Closing Event and Sewing Night. This evening is all about our guests. Enjoy the following:

  • For registered guests ONLY
  • Open Sew Night- try all of our Baby Lock Machines
  • Pizza Party (Menu subject to change)
  • Q& A with Joi
  • Designer Joi’s Sewing Trivia Game
  • Door Prizes
  • Sewing Machine Give away
  • Charity sew
  • Photo Booth and Special Video Event
  • Have fun with your new friends and reflect on your week.


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 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.

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.

Thank you to our sponsors!