Pleats are folds in the fabric which control the fullness in the garment. They are often used in place of darts at the waistline or bust area on commercial patterns.

The main types of pleat are shown below:


To see a video on how to create each type of pleat, click on the links below:

Knife Pleats

Box Pleats

Inverted Pleat

Inverted Pleats with Topstitching

Vent Pleat