How to Draw a Shirt

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Shirts come in a wide variety of styles, and no wonder - they've been around for a very long time. Shirts were worn in ancient Egypt, and one shirt discovered in an Egyptian tomb represents the world's oldest preserved garment.

The style of shirt pictured in this drawing tutorial is called a polo shirt, golf shirt, or tennis shirt. This style of shirt debuted at the 1926 U.S. Open tennis championship, designed by seven-time champion René Lacoste.

It was designed to allow players comfort and ease of movement. Within a few years, polo players - a game in which players on horseback strike a ball with a long mallet - adopted the shirt for similar reasons. Lacoste remains a leading maker of the polo shirt today.

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In this modern era, shirts are also a means of personal and artistic expression.

One example of this is the tie-dyed shirts that emerged during the hippie movement of the 1960s. Inexpensive dyes allowed wearers to customize their clothing with bold colors and patterns.

Other shirts allow their wearers to express their favorite brand names, movies, bands, television shows, products, political affiliations, and more.

Many companies allow individuals to design unique t-shirts for their groups or for personal use.

Would you like to draw your very own stylish polo shirt? This easy, step-by-step clothing drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Baseball Cap, Chef Hat, and Dress.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Shjrt

How to Draw Shirt: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a curvy triangle, leaving one point unconnected. Then, draw a short line from the bottom side of the triangle. This forms one side of the shirt's collar.

How to Draw Shirt: Step 2

2. Next, draw a second wavy triangle, again leaving one corner unconnected. This should be a near-mirror image of the first side, forming the opposite side of the collar.

How to Draw Shirt: Step 3

3. Connect the open ends of one triangle to the open ends of the other triangle using curved lines. This completes the outline of the collar. Then, draw a pair of lines descending from the front of the collar. Connect the lines at the bottom using a short line. This part of the shirt is called the placket.

How to Draw Shirt: Step 4

4. Draw a line down the center of the placket to indicate the opening. Draw small circles beside the line to indicate the buttons.


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How to Draw Shirt: Step 5

5. Extend a long curved line from one side of the collar, outlining the body of the shirt. Notice how the line is squared where the shoulder will soon meet the sleeve.

How to Draw Shirt: Step 6

6. Using curved lines, outline the other side of the shirt body, forming a mirror image of the first.

How to Draw Shirt: Step 7

7. Connect the lines using a curved line, forming the shirt's bottom hem. Draw diagonal curved lines near the bottom of the shirt, indicating ripples in the fabric.

How to Draw Shirt: Step 8

8. Draw the sleeves. Enclose each sleeve using a curved line. Start at the shoulder, and square off the corners of each sleeve.


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How to Draw Shirt: Step 9

9. Draw a curved line parallel to the end of each sleeve, forming the cuff.

How to Draw Shirt: Step 10

Color your polo shirt. Make it match your favorite outfit, or color it to represent your favorite sports team. Be creative, because the choice is yours.

Who will wear the shirt you've just drawn? Check out our people drawing guides, where you can learn to design your own cool characters. You'll also find more stylish clothing items among our object drawing guides.

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  • this was helpful put was not to easy to do and did not tear out as good as the copy in the steps and the sleves part made no sense to me

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