How to draw a ruffle skirt

Have you ever wondered how to draw ruffles? In this tutorial, you will quickly learn how to draw a ruffle skirt step by step. Those playful ruffles will add spontaneity to your fashion designs and make them even more charming.

Time, Tools and Difficulty:

Time to complete the tutorial: 7min
Tools you’ll need: drawing paper, a pencil, an eraser, colored pencils
Difficulty level: 6/10

How to draw a ruffle skirt in 7 steps:

Step 1: Draw a trapezoid

Define how long and wide you want the skirt to be by drawing a simple trapezoid. Don’t make the slope too steep.

How to draw ruffles for fashion design sketches step by step

Step 2: Curve it

Bend the waistline down slightly as well as the hemline, except for the spot over the front leg.

Always bend the hemline up when it’s reaching the front leg, this way you show dimension to the illustration.

How to draw ruffle skirt

Step 3: Ruffle lines

Mark how many ruffle levels. Usually, you would want to repeat the way the waistline and the hemline are moving. But as they are different because of the front leg, try to fade the ruffle levels gradually.

How to draw ruffle lines

Step 4: Triangles

Draw little triangles at the sides of the skirt as shown in the example illustration.

How to draw ruffles step by step

Step 5: Ruffles

It’s time to draw the actual ruffles over the guidelines. See how the ruffles look like waves and begin from the tip of the triangle and stand equally up and down from the guideline. Notice the backside of the skirt that is visible under the hemline.

How to draw ruffles

Step 6: Lining/underside

Now draw the underside of the ruffles.
The ruffles from the left show only the left side of the underside. The ruffles from the right show only the right side and those in the middle show both.

How to draw the underside of the ruffles

Step 7: Draw a ruffle skirt’s realistic folds

It’s time to draw the folds that the ruffles form. It is important to note that you don’t draw the lines perfectly straight and parallel to each other. It is more as they bend towards their upper part in a cone-like fashion.

How to draw ruffle folds

Have fun!

How to draw ruffle skirt step by step

Experiment with sizes

Once you master “How to draw ruffles“ you can apply the technique whenever you like in many different ways in your fashion illustrations. If you’ve liked this tutorial and love to draw skirts you may check out these two tutorials of HOW TO DRAW A TUTU SKIRT and HOW TO DRAW A FLARE SKIRT.

Drawing different types of ruffles for fashion sketches

It doesn’t look right! Common mistakes:

How to draw ruffles error 1
How to draw ruffles 1 fixed

Mistake 1: The ruffles are not “opened” enough. Make each ruffle wider, especially the upper part.

How to draw ruffles error 2
How to draw ruffles error 2 fixed

Mistake 2: The underlines are not straight. Draw the lines straight and do not join them in the middle when you have to underline from both the right and the left side.

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  2. Hoooooly crap, this was amazingly helpful! I will post this website on Quotev, people have really oughta learn from you!

  3. Thank you so much for making this tutorial, Ms. Teya! You helped me improved in drawing ruffles so much!

  4. Could you apply this idea, make it larger, put it on the end of a dress and have something like a cocktail dress? How would you give it more body, or I guess, more poof?

  5. I love this fashion website from every other fashion websites I seen this is the useful I go on her every day I’ve become better and better from this website

  6. I read this article fully on the topic of the difference of most recent and previous technologies, it’s amazing article.

  7. :lol: I love all this big & little Mammas today learning to be Fashion Designers Online :) without loosing 4 Years of hard Study & learning …..anyway take a look at the Fashion today you know why it so ugly …..

    good luck

  8. Hi I loved doing the skirt but I can’t draw the way you do and could you plz show us how to do bathing suits?

  9. [quote name=”Deanna”]can you show to draw a high low skirt :-) :D please and thank you[/quote]
    pleasee and a crop top

  10. [quote name=”″]This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Thank you!

    Where are your contact details though?[/quote]

    You can get in touch using the contact form from the CONTACT menu at the top ot the page :)


  11. This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Thank you!

    Where are your contact details though?

  12. You make drawing fashion clothes so fun and easy.Now I can surely improve on my drawings.

  13. [quote name=”Mahkaela.”]Is there a way to get what this website offers in book form or free Ebook form? Thanks[/quote]
    Hi, I Draw Fashion is a free site and as long as it depends on me it will stay this way.
    Currently there are 45 tutorials and when they get to 50-60 I will collect them in a free ebook :)
    Thanks for asking ! :)

  14. :lol: Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!!!!!!!!!!! I made a really pretty skirt with YOUR help!!!!! Thanks again!!!
    sarah, age 10 :lol: :lol:

  15. [quote name=”maurix”]:lol: I love all this big & little Mammas today learning to be Fashion Designers Online :) without loosing 4 Years of hard Study & learning …..anyway take a look at the Fashion today you know why it so ugly …..

    good luck[/quote]

    Thank you for commenting. It’s an interesting point.
    However…it is not an exeption to see a great fashion designer that has education in a field that has nothing to do with fashion.
    Some of them can not even sew by themselves :)
    I really believe that fashion is something that is part of yourself as a being and you can become a great designer with and without a degree. A degree can NOT give you the passion or the inspiration. Just rulls that you will have to break later anyway :)


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