How to Draw a Dress

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Dresses are articles or clothing with a long history. Also called gowns or frocks, dresses are defined by a bodice that covers the torso and a skirt that covers the legs.

In ancient times, and in some cultures today, clothing for both men and women fit this description. Garments were made from a single piece of cloth or several sewn together, tied at the waist with a belt or sash.

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In the Middle Ages, young boys in Europe wore dresses until they reached the age of "breeching," or wearing pants. This age varied, with one prince famously wearing dresses until he was in his twenties! The designs or decorations on some dresses indicated a woman's social status.

Today, dresses are generally considered the attire of women and girls. These range from simple dresses that resemble a long t-shirt or sweater, to the elaborately decorated dresses worn at proms, weddings, and other special occasions.

In 2017, one such dress set the record for being the longest ever. A wedding dress in a French town famous for lace production had a train, or long skirt, nearly 5 miles in length. That's long enough to cover Mount Everest!

Would you like to draw your own fashions? This easy, step-by-step dress drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​​ a Dress

How to Draw Dress: Step 1

1. Begin by draw a "V" shape to form the neck of the dress. Then, extend one of the lines past the bottom of the "V." At the top of the "V," draw two short, nearly straight lines extending outward. From each of these, draw a short, curved line, downward. Overlap another, longer curved line. This outlines the bodice, or top portion, of the dress.

How to Draw Dress: Step 2

2. Draw a curved line across the bottom of the bodice. From each end of the line, extend a short line downward. Enclose a rectangular shape using a fourth line. This forms the dress's waist or belt.

How to Draw Dress: Step 3

3. From each side of the belt, extend a long, curved line downward. Connect the lines using a curved, wavy line, enclosing the skirt of the dress.

How to Draw Dress: Step 4

4. Draw curved lines upwards from the bottom of the skirt, indicating folds in the fabric. Draw short, curved lines just above the belt.


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How to Draw Dress: Step 5

5. Detail the belt with a bow. Draw an oval in the middle of the belt to form the knot. extend two lines from each side of the knot, enclosing the ribbon. Indicate creases in the ribbon by extending short lines outward from the bow.

How to Draw Dress: Step 6

6. Extend two sets of long, curved lines downward from the knot, lengthening the ribbon. Enclose the end of each ribbon using a short, straight line, and indicate creases by placing short lines near the knot.

How to Draw Dress: Step 7

7. ​​​​Draw lace or ruffles at the top of each sleeve. Do this using a curved, wavy line.

How to Draw Dress: Step 8

8. Extend a set of curved lines from each side of the dress, forming the sleeves. Enclose the end of each sleeve using a curved line. Draw lines of various lengths upon each sleeve to indicate folds in the fabric.


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How to Draw Dress: Step 9

9. ​​Draw lace or ruffles lining the neck, using wavy lines. Erase guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw Dress: Step 10

10. Color your dress. Cloth can be dyed in any color imaginable, so be creative!Is your dress fit for a princess? Give her a castle. You can even add fairy tale creatures such as a dragon or a unicorn. Or, check out our people drawing guides and learn to craft your own character.

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