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How to draw folds: Collar

How to draw folds for fashion illustrations step bystep tutorial

Learning how to draw fold on the clothes is definitely one of the most important things if you want to master the drawing of fashion sketches. Adding the folds will immediately give your designs finished and professional look and they will look more realistic. Nobody says that you have to show every single fold on the clothes- this is photographer’s work. Fashion illustrator’s job is to be selective and to draw only the most important. Here are some tips…

Step 1: Classic collar

Let’s start with a very simple, classic collar shape. After you have created the outlines of the blouse it’s time to make it look made of fabric, instead of plastic. Look at the outline of the collar. The folds that you’re creating should follow its direction. This blouse is pretty close to the body and the fabric is stretched. This will affect the folds: they won’t be very long and they will be place relatively close to the shoulders.

Tip: The longer the folds are, the deeper they look. The closer to the center they are, the more heavy the fabric will appear.
In the last stage draw a little bit outside of the shoulder’s line. This will give the impression that the blouse is on another, top layer and is not part of the figure.

How to draw folds in fashion step by step tutorial

Step 2: Polo shirt

The folds on a polo shirt would act a little bit differently. Assuming that the model of the polo is not very tight to the body you can leave more distance from the shoulders to the beginning of the folds. Notice how the second fold is not a curved line, but more like waterdrop. This makes it look deeper.
Again, folds follow the collar outline.

Tip: Folds may be in various shapes. They remind straight or curved line: ”( “ “|” and the letters : “Y” “V” “D” “O”. The more opened and curved a fold is, the deeper and bigger it will look. 
Since you now have deeper folds this will affect on outline of the collar too. The line won’t repeat the body form, it should be wavy and of course, placed a little bit outside of the neck underneath.

How to draw folds in fashion step by step tutorial

Step 3: Cowl neckline

If you caught the logic in the previous two steps you might already have an idea how to draw a draped neckline.The folds of such neckline are big and deep. This means that they should start at a bigger distance from the shoulders and should look more “opened”. Notice how the folds are not touching each other and how rich in fold forms the neckline is.Folds follow the collar outline.The volume created over the shoulders in the last step should be also dramatic – draw nice, big waves, since the folds are deep and they create more relieve on the outline.How to draw folds in fashion step by step tutorial

Step 4: Accessorized

Let’s say you are designing one shoulder top, hold by an accessory. The accessorory is pulling the fabric and changes the direction of the folds, which would otherwise follow the outline of the collar.Now the folds are spread like sun rises and their form is thinner in the beginning and more opened in the end.
Draw them in various lengths to make the illustration interesting to look at.
In the 3rd stage the outline is deformed, the waves are intensive, more like zigzag- with constantly changing size.
How to draw folds in fashion step by step tutorial

Step 5: Sexy and modest

This is a polo made of elastic fabric. This means that it’s very close to the body and it’s stretched. When you draw slim fitting clothes this doesn’t save you from drawing the folds. They are just more delicate and fewer. Draw tiny folds around the collar without pushing too hard with the pencil. Mark at least one fold from the shoulder and notice how the button is a pressure point-if there wasn’t a button the top would look very different. Emphasize on it.
How to draw folds in fashion step by step tutorial

Step 6: Buttoned up

Here is how you can draw the folds of a shirt or a blouse with buttons. The point where most of the pressure happens is ,of course, the bottoms. By drawing tiny little folds around them you can show that. Try not to overwork with these wrinkles, since the blouse will look like 2 sizes smaller than it should be. Remember always to add volume to the shoulders zone.
How to draw folds in fashion step by step tutorial

Drawing the folds can be a really fun and exciting part of creating your design. Don’t miss is just because you believe it’s difficult. I hope this tutorial showed you that it’s not that hard.
how to draw folds in fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Have you checkd the “How to draw folds: pants” tutorial yet?

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22 comments

  1. i want to become a fashion designer but i don’t know any thing about it i visited your website plzzzzz tell me how to draw designs from beigning beause i’m new plzz

  2. hey these are awsome i really love it :-) sured my friends loved em too keep styling guys :D

  3. How do you draw folds for a toga style dress?

  4. Thank you. This is very helpful. I’m always frustrated about folds.

  5. brittany wellington

    well i desin dressis an an on my 8th one an i am ding ok but i am going to try to put them up some time so when i put up pleas tell me what you think

  6. I am so into fashion. FASHION LOVER!!!!!!!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

  7. Eu gostaria de saber qual e o link do novo site ?? Obrigado ! :D :-)

  8. This tutorial is very helpful! :D

  9. Good job!This tutorial was very helpful! :D

  10. please do you have any idea where i can get/buy design sketches for kids clothing line?

  11. this was really helpful. :-)
    And do you know any fashion designers willing to help someone out?

  12. Fashionloverkitkat

    I love this websit I am a fashion lover :lol: :roll:

  13. This is very helpful..I love it…keep up the good work! :-)

  14. Very helpful! i’ve been needing this for some time now, :lol: if your gonna make some more fold tutorials, what would they be about? jean, jackets, skirts, ect.

  15. thanks i can’t wait. good luck finishing it

  16. [quote name=”sally”]this tutorial is very helful. u wrote that ur gonna have a new website. my question is what is it called.[/quote]
    Hey Sally,
    The new website will be opened soon.
    I’m still working on the finishing touches, but there will be a grand opening :) You’ll know it’s name :)

  17. this tutorial is very helful. u wrote that ur gonna have a new website. my question is what is it called.

  18. [quote name=”anonymous”]Thanks for the tutorial.I would love if you could do a tutorial about a fashion collection,you know what I mean?Like what our collection portofolio should have(fabrics,accesories,clothes…).
    Hope you can do this soon..Smooches![/quote]

    Hello and thank you for the wonderful idea! I should definitely do such tutorial!
    Best,
    Teya

  19. Thanks for the tutorial.I would love if you could do a tutorial about a fashion collection,you know what I mean?Like what our collection portofolio should have(fabrics,accesories,clothes…).
    Hope you can do this soon..Smooches!

  20. Thanks, Rita !
    There will be more Folds tutorial soon :-)
    Happy drawing!

  21. Wow! this was really helpful, time to print and add to my binder! I can’t wait for any more that you make about folds. Great job! :D

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