The Lisa Dress, According to Lisa | Behind the Scenes

TOP 5 REASONS WHY YOU'LL LOVE OUR LISA DRESS, ACCORDING TO LISA HERSELF

Behind every great Connected Apparel dress is an expert patternmaker. And we want you to get to know them! We’re kicking off our new Behind the CA Dress series with the woman responsible for perfecting a dress you’ve likely seen, worn and/or heard about: our Lisa dress!

meet lisa


Connected Apparel’s best selling and most iconic silhouette, the Lisa dress, has undergone a lot of changes. The dress was added to the CA collection in 2010. Since then, we’ve seen the Lisa dress in over 60 trendy patterns! From feminine flounce sleeves to sultry lace fabric and elegant floor-length styles, the Lisa dress is a tried-and-true favorite of the Connected Apparel family. 


But did you know? The Lisa dress is named after one of our own Connected Apparel patternmakers, Lisa! She revised her initial pattern over and over again until the dress was perfect and would flatter every shape and size.

lisa, the patternmaker


Lisa the patternmaker with Lisa 2.0 Dress in Cobalt Blue.

Lisa the patternmaker has worked on every version of the Lisa dress. That’s hundreds if you include all of the different styles and trendy patterns. We spoke with Lisa and asked her why she thinks you’ll love the Lisa dress. This is what she said:

1. Designed to compliment your shape

The hardest part of choosing a dress is finding one that compliments your shape perfectly. Lisa made sure to strategically create a dress pattern that could easily be scaled up or down to fit a wide range of body types.


Whether you have a pear shaped body or an hourglass, the Lisa dress hides the not-so-flattering areas around the midsection while hugging your body, creating a feminine silhouette.

As Lisa herself puts it, “The Lisa dress drapes over the skirt while laying flat over the mid-area loosely, but still close enough to the body for a slimming effect and camouflaging a woman’s imperfections.”

2. Fabric that moves with you

Fabric really makes or breaks the dress, in our opinion. The best fabric complements the shape of a dress while being comfortable enough to wear day to night.


“We’ve made different modifications of the Lisa pattern to adapt to different fabrics and to make sure that the fit and movement was perfect,” Lisa explains. “We worked with different fit models that were very balanced, contributing to the success of the dress’s fit and movement.” 

We worked with different fit models… contributing to the success of the dress’s fit and movement.

From solid knits to embroidered metallic soutache, the fabrics we choose for our Lisa dresses always have a degree of stretch. The result is a figure-flattering look and an ultra comfortable fit. Move with confidence knowing you’ll look good day to night.

3. so many versions to choose from

We make our Lisa dress in multiple lengths, sleeve styles and trendy patterns. There’s truly a unique Lisa silhouette for everyone.

At my last count, we’ve done over 35 versions of the Lisa dress!

“We started with the cap sleeves version, knee-length. Then we added sleeves to it and did a tank version. We even did a version with an asymmetrical neckline. At my last count, we’ve done over 35 versions of the Lisa dress!”

LISA FLOOR-LENGTH DRESS

LISA BLACK & WHITE POLKA DOT DRESS

LISA RED SEQUIN LACE DRESS

LISA FLORAL PRINT DRESS

LISA 2.0 DEEP COBALT DRESS

LISA NAVY SLEEVELESS DRESS

LISA METALLIC FLOOR-LENGTH DRESS

LISA BLACK & WHITE POLKA DOT DRESS

LISA FLORAL PRINT DRESS

LISA NAVY SLEEVELESS DRESS

4. the faux wrap is the detail you didn't know you needed until now

Lisa’s faux wrap flatters all body types. This signature feature covers problem areas while defining and highlighting the small of the waist. 

“I think that it’s great to see the Lisa dress on anyone from a petite woman to a plus size woman because it seems to flatter all bodies,” Lisa boasts. 

5. It’s perfect for any occasion

With so many styles to choose from, you can easily find a Lisa dress for any occasion!


“I’ve actually seen it reviewed in catalogs, saying that it’s a great church dress!” Lisa points out. “It’s perfect for just about anything!”

Our loyal customer @nichellelaus in a Lisa dress!

The non-wrinkling nature of the fabric makes the Lisa dress also ideal for travel and for transitioning from day to night. You’ll look just as polished at the beginning of the day as you do after wearing Lisa for several hours.

BONUS TIP:

The Lisa dress can easily be styled for numerous looks!  


The Lisa dress provides the perfect canvas to your outfit. The dress can be styled up with dangling chandelier earrings and sparkly heels or styled more casually with a denim jacket and sandals. Either way, you’ll be able to get more than one wear out of her!

If you haven’t explored the Lisa dress yet, head over to our Explore the Dress: Lisa page for more looks!

10 years later...


It’s 10 years later and the Lisa dress is more popular now than ever before!


“The Lisa dress is my all time favorite. How could it not be?” Lisa laughs. “Even before it was named after me, it’s been my trademark dress here at Connected Apparel.”

RANDOM FACT:

Lisa the patternmaker is a secret cowgirl!


When she’s not designing dresses, Lisa enjoys spending time with her horses. “I’m a secret cowgirl,” she indulges. “Maybe when I retire, I’ll do a line of vintage inspired western shirts, probably t-shirts. It’s hard to just walk away from the industry completely.”

While Lisa the patternmaker is now enjoying retirement on a ranch in Arizona, Lisa the dress continues to be a staple silhouette for Connected Apparel. You can find new updates to the silhouette every season!


Tell us what your favorite thing is about the Lisa dress in the comments below and we’ll send you a 20% off promo code to use for a Lisa dress of your own!

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Tell us what your favorite thing is about the Lisa dress in the comments below & we’ll send you a 20% off promo code to use for a Lisa dress of your own! 

3 comments

I love the way I feel in the Lisa 2.0 Cobalt Blue dress. It is flattering in every way. I receive compliments each time I wear it. I am so grateful to have found a dress that is perfect for those of us who are curvy and love everything girlie!

Michelle February 13, 2020

I’m a curvy woman and I have a hard time finding dresses that are flattering on my curves. I want to get this dress in several styles and colors!

Debbie Sheehan January 27, 2020

Lo primero que busco yo en un vestido es la manga y lo largo, Lisa 👗 está perfecto para mí, ahora mismo tengo 5 vestidos de lisa, y espero tener más.

Yolanda R. Sanchez January 27, 2020

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