Drawing loose-fitting clothing is relatively easy.  Drawing formal suit jackets with all the tradition involved is tough.  Here are a few tips from one of my class demonstrations.

  1. DRAW FORM THE INSIDE OUT – Start with a body underdrawing.
  2. DRAW UNDER-STRUCTURES – note the shoulder pads which extend the position of the armhole.
  3. MAKE A GRID – draw horizontal and vertical lines with the gesture drawing to line up seams, lapel points, collar points, buttons, etc.
  4. NO EXCESS WRINKLES-Draw as though the suit just came from the dry cleaners.  No folds that are not caused by a form.  Excess folds around the armhole just indicate bad fit.
  5. ASK THE EXPERTS – Get books on formal men’s clothing to understand the traditions of proportion that are involved.  Ask a tailor how the suit should fit.  Pay attention to contemporary trends as they relate to position and width of lapels, buttons, fit around the waist.

About Justine Limpus Parish

Associate Professor - Art Center College of Design apparel design - Product Design Dept. costume design - Entertainment Design Dept Fashion Instructor: Mt San Antonio College Workshop instructor: Disney Consumer Products
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