Meet Carly: The Spring Dress We’re Wearing All Easter Weekend

Spring is officially here and what better way to celebrate than with the perfect Spring dress?! Last year, we introduced Carly as part of our Connected Apparel Behind the Dress Series. And we’re so excited she’s back this season in two beautiful floral prints! 

Carly is that spring dress you'll wear to special springtime events over and over. So whether you’re looking for the perfect easter dress or a pretty dress to wear to a bridal shower and baby shower, you can't go wrong with this floral dress.

And if it wasn’t love at first sight, we think after learning why the pattern maker behind the dress, Shu (pronounced Sue), loves Carly, you will be head over heels!

It’s made to fit perfectly

With an empire waist and wide, shirred tank straps, Carly is fit to perfection. This floral dress glides over your body and hugs you in all the right places. All the while, this floral dress doesn’t ever feel constricting. You’ll also notice the gathered bodice, which creates dimension and adds an extra touch of femininity to this must-have Spring and Easter dress. Whatever Easter Sunday has in store, you know you’ll feel comfortable and confident all day. And once Easter is over, you’ll find yourself reaching for this spring dress over and over again!

Beautiful dress. This is my second Carly dress and they are perfect for summer weddings and BBQ. It also was delivered a lot faster than I expected and perfectly wrapped!

- Wendy, C., Carly Floral Print Dress

It’s flattering for all figures

Whether you’re a size 14 dress or a size 4 dress, this tea length dress looks beautiful no matter what. Carly is both a figure flattering dress and a modest dress for women because of its below the knee length. And if you’re considering Carly for an easter dress this year, we suggest adding one of our shrugs to make Carly the perfect church dress.

It flows with ease

The a-line skirt makes for a flattering silhouette for a variety of body shapes and sizes, which we recently found out in our guide to determining body shape! Both Carly options are great dresses for older women and younger women alike.

perfect for spring

Our Carly dress is a spring dress favorite year after year and it’s with good reason. With its feminine floral dress patterns, ruching in the shoulder straps and complimentary design, Carly is a great easter dress, special occasion dress and more. And if you’re looking for more spring dresses to wear this season, be sure to check out our Spring 2021 Collection!

meet shu

Now that you know all about the Carly tea length dress, we thought you should get to know Shu, the pattern maker behind this spring dress favorite...


Shu worked at Connected Apparel for over 5 years, but has been patternmaking since she was still living in China: “My grandma loved sewing patterns and so I learned to sew from her,” she said. “I started as a sample sewer while living in China, which got me interested in clothes design. When I moved to Los Angeles in 1991, I enrolled in a trade school and then became a pattern maker in 1996.”

Shu started making the pattern for the Carly dress in 2016 after inheriting it from another CA patternmaker who retired. Since its creation, this tea length dress design has remained relatively unchanged except when the fabrics change. “Some fabrics shrink differently or react differently than others, so you have to adjust your pattern for that,” she explains. 

shu, the patternmaker

Shu with one of the very first Carly dress versions she ever made.

“I love patternmaking,” Shu exclaims. “It’s really fun to see things come to life.” From jeans to jackets to t-shirts and dresses, Shu has worked on many different types of garments, and yet, the Carly dress is on the top of her favorites list.

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