Hot! The Joan Pink and Purple Dress

The Facts

Fabric: Purple crepe, purple georgette. $5/yd each.
Pattern: McCall’s 4994
Year: 1959
Notions: Purple invisible zipper, $1
Time to complete: One week
First worn: Never been worn!
Wear again: Yes
Total price: $15?

I used McCall’s 4994.

This pattern was based off of Joan’s pink and purple dress.

(source: Tom and Lorenzo)

I made two muslins of this pattern before attempting it. I’ve never sewn with crepe before, but crepe is pretty hard to work with. It was slippery to cut and all the pieces grew after cutting. The purple yoke part was improvised from the pattern and is in georgette. I drafted the yoke and the scarf part and swapped out the skirt with a self-drafted pencil skirt with a back vent.

I didn’t think this version was going to work out but am surprised at how well it turned out.

(At some point I need to take more accurate pictures, but these were taken at midnight.)



Janice has been sewing her own clothes for the past few years and enjoys sewing from vintage patterns, especially the 40s, 50s and 60s.


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  1. Janice, I love the color combination and great job on the drafting on the yoke.

  2. Very cute! You did an excellent job even though the fabric was challenging. Great colors, just like Jones!

  3. This looks great, just like Joan’s dress. Lovely! Are there more pictures on your blog? (I guess I should head over to look!)

  4. Thanks Steph! No there are no pictures of it on my blog yet since I need to wait until I’m home on a sunny day to take more. Hopefully after this weekend!

  5. YAY! One of my absolute favourite Joan dresses! Your dress looks FABULOUS. great job sewing with crepe! The yoke is really great!

  6. Great work and superb fit on the dress! The color contrast is beautiful on you. We share a love for Joan’s style and both eyed the same dress…so glad you chose it, your version is a treasure.