08.16patternmaking: add a pleat to any pattern Welcome to See Kate Sew! If you're new here, sign up for my email newsletter for access to free patterns, tutorials and all the latest sewing news! Tour my sewing setup here! Adding pleats to patterns is so easy! This is using the “slash n’ spread” method, which is just how it sounds. Cut the pattern and spread it! (post about patternmaking paper) The arrows indicate which way the pleat will go. That’s it! This is the bottom to a yoked little girl’s dress. Now with more fullness! More sewing 101.