In fashion designing, one may come to find out that drawing a template or a model might be the easiest thing. The next stage is getting your design on paper in a way that has some level of realism, and can be easily identified as what it is. From representing a collar on your design, to drawing a button up shirt, how to draw sequins, colouring your design, frills, pleats, and much more.
In my previous fashion designing posts,
I shared the beginner’s guide to drawing templates, some of mine and a DIY (check that here) and the reason I decided to be a designer (check that here). Today, I’m going to be talking about drawing frills.
Frills are important in drawing dresses and skirts, also ruffles. For today we’ll be focusing on dresses and skirts style.
• First you start with the model sketch. I’m going to do a side view so this is what I’m using.
• Keep that aside. If it’s your first time, you’d want to get a piece of paper and draw continuous folding and curving-in lines like this.
Draw on until you’re better and used to it.
Then just draw on for fun 😋
• Take a sacrificial lamb – a model sketch you’re not using and practice with it. Try moving it upwards, straight, downwards and in mullet form.
• Now you can proceed to designing your initial model. I did mine upwards because it’s a side view. Here’s what it looked like.
If it’s going to be large frills, try to wrap it around the leg. I don’t know if you understand but looking at that picture, the first frill rests on the forward leg, the second kind of wraps around the other leg. It doesn’t necessarily need to be like that. It can be anyhow. This is just a trick I’m sharing with you all for large frills.
• Next erase what is not to be seen so it forms a gown. Draw lines upwards from around the edges of the curves to illustrate folds.
Both inside and outside lines should go the same direction. They cinch at the waist.
• Next, complete the gown by bridging the spaces with curved lines.
• I completed my model’s face and that’s basically it. If you want to add further designs and details to the gown or the top half, proceed to do that.
Draw the shoes and you have your fully clothed model.
Now I go over mine with a black pen.
Whether it’s large frills or small frills, this technique would get you there.
Here are some other sketches I did.
Till another class loves. ♥️