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:
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
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 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
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
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.