How to Draw Ruffles on a Dress

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How to Draw Ruffles on a Dress
Ruffled layers give a dress a playful look. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Ruffles instantly make a dress look more feminine and dainty. From simple dresses to full ball gowns and short party dresses, ruffles add flair that can make a dress the centre of attention. Drawing ruffles involves adding details to simple shapes and creating a sense of texture in the fabric of your illustrated dress. Once you get the hang of drawing ruffles on a dress, you can use these techniques to draw this detail on any article of clothing.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser

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  1. 1

    Draw a wavy hemline at the bottom of your dress. Draw lines extending up from curves of the waves to create creases in the dress. Outline a border at the very bottom of the hemline to create folds in the ruffles and give the dress dimension.

  2. 2

    Add waves to the bottom of a sleeve to create ruffles that puff out at the bottom. Draw lines widely spaced apart to give the sleeve creases. Draw a band at the very bottom of the sleeve to make the fabric look tapered to the arm, underneath the ruffle.

  3. 3

    Layer waves from the bottom up to create rows of ruffles, making each new layer narrower than the last, so that the bottom of the dress skirt is fuller than at the waist. Make frilly ruffles by creating smaller curves and overlapping one over another. Shade the hemline to create the look of intricate creases and folds, and shade the bottom of each row, if layering.

  4. 4

    Draw a full skirt that puffs out on the sides and add a ruffled lining to a ball gown that has only a few subtle waves at the hem. Draw sparse lines for creases, and outline over the hem to create a fold. Draw overlapping curves to create petticoat ruffles peeking out only at the folds of the skirt, at the places where the curves rise.

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