There are five types of folds: Column fold, Inert Fold, Coil Fold, Drape Fold, and Interlocking Fold. Each has their own attribute and apply to certian situations. Here's the breakdown:

Column Column Blown Column Skirt Column Example

Column closeup1. Column Fold
A column fold occurs when fabric is suspended from one point. They are cone and cylinder shaped. Whether the fold is hanging straight down or is blown sideways, if it's from one point, it's a column fold. Column folds examples can be found at shower curtains, window curtains, towels, table cover, and bed skirts.
To draw column folds, notice how it all bunches up at the one point and expands outwards. Make sure that if you have any patterns, it follows the fold.

Inert Fold2.Inert Fold
Inert folds are inactive fabrics that is lying on a surface and is no longer being supported. Some examples of inert folds are bottoms of long curtains, clothes lying on the floor, and a bridal dress train.
When this occurs, the clothes may interlock as shown on the right hand side of the drawing. Inert folds also creates column-like bends on the clothes as shown in the other example below.

Inert Fold 3. Coil Folds
Coil folds may be found wrapping around a cylindrical form. The coil shows movement of the form underneath it. They may be found around the arm, leg, and torso. Coils are most distinct when the cloth is tight around the form! If you have loose pants, for example, none or very little coils are present.

4. Drape Fold
Drape folds are like the column fold except, instead of one point, there are two points present to suspend the cloth. The two points create a "U" shape in between. Most obvious examples includes scarves, capes, hoods, and curtains swagged onto a curtain rod.

5. Interlocking Fold
Interlocking folds is when one fold fits inside the other and can be found when someone is wearing a scarf or has a rolled-up sleeve.

Coil Folds Drape Fold Interlocking Fold

Length Lineup Skirt width

When drawing skirts, you have to determine the length and the width. Length of skirts varies from long (ankles), semi-long (calf), average (knee-high), and mini-skirt (thigh). As for width, only two: wide and loose or thin (i.e. form-fitting).

Above are several skirts ranging from simple to detailed. The best way to start drawing a skirt is to draw a simple outline and add details after. To avoid making your skirt look stiff, you add curves to the hem. The more curves you add, the more, in this instance, column fold lines appear.

School Uniforms

Drawing pleats for school uniforms are quite easy. The lines are all basically straight with pointed edges unlike regular cloth which has rounded ends when folded.

Other Skirt Views
When drawing skirts at the side view, just remember that the front is flat and the back has a curve for the posterior. Other types of skirts includes slits at the back for professional skirts and at the side for more a casual or risque look. There are other types with more flounces and the best way to find more examples are in catalogues or even online!

Top Types

Clothing tops has four types: long sleeve (sweaters, dress shirts), medium (sleeve ends a little below or above elbow), short (t-shirts, baby-t's), and sleeveless (tank top).
Neckline Example 1 Neckline Examples 2

Necklines varies quite numerously but a few include collared, school uniform (I have no clue what they are called...), v-neck, and the scoop neck. For tank tops, most have the simple string but there are variations like the halter top which goes around or ties at the neck. For the average tank top, note that it rests just at the joint where the shoulder begins.

String Tank Tops Halter Top

Sleeves varies just as much as the neckline! The top two are a close fit sleeve and a loose sleeve. Note the difference in fold lines and curves. The next is a cut sleeve which can be seen in modern clothes for women for a dressy look. The other, meanwhile, is more on the casual side for the prevalent baby-t's, sporting an extra short sleeve.

Last, but not least, is the back of the top itself. Unlike the other areas of the top, the back remains fairly simple - a near exact version of the front except lines indicate the shoulder blades and the neckline is closer to the neck usually.

Tanks and other dressier tops, though, may have the scooped back exposing the shoulder blades and the spine.

As with any clothing, the best bet is to look through catalogue's and other references for ideas and variety.

Pant Types
There are five types of pants. The standard one, all the way on the left, is a common pant worn by males and females. The pant is pretty straight. The second, is a boot-cut pant which is a little wide at the bottom to allow for boots. The third is tapered pants that is also non-gender specific. The ends of the pant becomes smaller, following the line of the leg. Fourth, is the bell-bottom pants that has recently become fanshionable once again. The last pant, takes the bell-bottom further - called a flared pant.

Pant Type Sides
Here we have the profile of the typical pants. Note how all but the standard pant follows the shape of the leg at least till the knee and either flaring out or continuing to hug the leg.

Pant CutsCuts
Pants are cut in different ways. Here are three common forms. The first is a classic-ruffed pants, which has folds at each side from the belt down. The folds a inwards and all that is viewed is the seam where it was stitched.

The second is the flat-front pant. This is a sleak looking pant which is form-fitting and quite contemporary looking.
Third, the reverse-pleat pant is like the first except the folds are inside-out. The fold is reminiscent of uniform skirts.

The first and third pant bulges out at the hip due to the folds, making the hip area look bigger than they really are. Most wear it just because it of that reason - mostly in the color black since it's "slimming".

Pant LengthLength
As any right-thinking female out there, it's all about the length - from the belly-button, that is! Recent fashion has seen a popular trend with the "dropping" of the length in jeans. Normally, regular jeans button at the waist. New additions now go lower at the hips (called hipsters) which is about an inch from the belly-button and the ever-low, low-cut jeans. Low-cut jeans are for the daring girl as when she bends over, underwear is usually viewable at the backside (thong ta-thong-thong-thong) and from personal experience, even the butt crack and more... X_X

Males only have the option of the waist length jeans, unless they're wearing baggy jeans which can fall anywhere from just below the waist to their butt.

Pant Front Pockets
Back Pockets Pockets
An important part of any pants, pockets has their own styles.

Beginning with the front pockets, there are four types. The first is the standard scoop found in a pair of jeans. Second is often used for dress pants where the pocket is or is almost seamless with the side of the pants. Third, is the small pocket also found in dress pants with just the lip of the pocket visible. Then there are pants without pockets also most often seen in dress pants and the differently designed pants such as one's that lace up at front.

Cargo Pant Pockets Turning to the back pocket, typical back pockets are the "shield"-like shapes found in practically all jeans. Then comes the square with flap pocket usually found on cargo pants. Of course, there is the pant without the back pocket.

Then there is the cargo pant pocket. The cargo pant, as well as the carpenter pants, has an abundance of pockets - with two additional ones at each side of the leg. Though some pockets are flat, normal cargo pants tend to have a fold at the middle. When someone stores something in it, it bulges out. Enclosures for these types of pockets range from velcro, buttons, and sometimes zippers.

Pants Misc

There are a lot of pant variety out there, most of them for women. Pants with glitter, stripes, plaid, and even different cuts. Above, there is a wide leg pant similar to the traditional Japanese clothing and then there is the jumper. Pants may also have cuts at the side or the back for females.

To the right illustrates how pants lay or don't lay on the shoe. Wide bell-bottomed pants and tapered pants tend not to fold up unless it is really long. Pants tend to have a slight fold at the bottom unless it's baggy in which case, a lot of folds are present.


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