How to Draw a Skirt

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Skirts are a very common form of clothing. The term "skirt" typically describes a stand-alone garment worn with a shirt or blouse, but can also refer to the skirt portion of a dress or gown.

Some skirts are made onto other garments, such as shorts (called "skorts") or swimsuits.

Did you know? Skirts are one of mankind's oldest garments - and not just for women, but for everyone.

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Statues dating to circa 3,000 B.C. show people wearing skirts. Why were skirts so popular? Likely because they were the simplest means of covering the body. Many skirts were simply a piece of cloth tied at the waist.

Today, women the world over wear skirts of various designs. In many cultures, men do, too.

For example, various sarong-like skirts are worn in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and men from Scotland and Ireland don traditional kilts.

In fact, pants did not become common in men's attire until the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. From the 1500s to the 1800s, boys were typically dressed in gowns until their "breeching" - their first time wearing pants - between the ages of two and eight.

Some boys of royal birth were not breeched until they were nearly twenty years old.

Would you like to draw a fancy, flowing skirt? This easy, step-by-step clothing drawing guide 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 Skirt

How to Draw Skirt: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a slightly curved horizontal rectangle. This will form the waistband of the skirt.

How to Draw Skirt: Step 2

2. Draw a curved line descending from each of the bottom corners of the rectangle. This outlines the sides of the skirt.

How to Draw Skirt: Step 3

3. Connect the lines from the previous using a long, wavy, curved line. Notice how the line doubles back upon itself slightly, imitating the folds and ruffles of the hanging fabric. This completes the outline of the upper portion of the skirt.

How to Draw Skirt: Step 4

4. Draw lines across the skirt, some connected to the waistband and others originating from the bottom of the material. These lines indicate folds and creases in the fabric.


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How to Draw Skirt: Step 5

5. Draw curved lines descending from each side of the skirt, inset slightly from the edge. Then, connect these lines using a long, wavy line that doubles back upon itself slightly. This outlines the next segment of the skirt.

How to Draw Skirt: Step 6

6. From each of the curves in the bottom of the skirt, draw lines ascending upwards. These indicate creases or folds in the fabric.

How to Draw Skirt: Step 7

7. Draw a third segment of the skirt. Extend lines downward from each side, slightly inset from the edge. Then connect them using a wavy line.

How to Draw Skirt: Step 8

8. Draw a short line ascending from each of the waves at the bottom of the skirt. This indicates folds in the fabric.


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How to Draw Skirt: Step 9

9. Decorate the waistband. Draw a small vertical rectangle with curved corners on one side of the waistband. This is the knot of the bow. On each side of it, enclose an irregular shape; each shape should resemble a rounded triangle with one corner hidden behind the knot. Erase guide lines as necessary. Draw a curved line on each side of the knot to indicate folds in the fabric. Finally, draw a set of parallel lines down the center of the waistband, indicating the ribbon.

How to Draw Skirt: Step 10

Color your skirt. Make it match your favorite outfit, or shade it in any colors you can imagine.

Who will wear this fancy skirt? Check out our people drawing guides and learn to design your own fun characters.

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