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Slash and Spread Overview

Slash and Spread Overview

This feature digitally replicates the pattern-making technique of slash and spread, allowing you to add or subtract fabric to or from an existing piece. For example, you might use the feature to:

  • Create a bell shape

  • Add volume to sleeves, skirts, and so on

  • Edit the shape of add-ons such as collars

You can use slash and spread to add or subtract single or multiple slices. Once satisfied with the slash and spread, implementing the feature sets the pattern piece to reflect the changes.

One of the most powerful aspects of the feature is that you can view the effect of slash and spread in the 3D window, allowing you to adjust and make changes as often as you want, before finally implementing the feature and setting the pattern piece.

The following image shows an example of adding a single slice.

Adding a single slice

The following image shows an example of adding multiple slices.

Adding multiple slices

Slash and Spread Terms

Before using this feature, you should know and understand the terms described in the following table.

Term Description


Line cut as part of the slash and spread.


Part of the piece defined by slash lines.


Where slash and spread starts.


Where slash and spread ends.


Part of the pattern piece that does not move. The slices move, relative to the anchor, according to the spread.


Distance from the point on the first slice to the nearest corner point.


Distance added between the slices.


  • Spread can be at the start of the slice, end of the slice or start and end.

  • Number is the distance between each slice - for example, if there are three slices and the spread is 4cm, the total spread is 12cm.

Single slash

Case where there is only one slash.

Multiple slashes

Case where there are multiple slash lines.

Note: In multiple slash cases, the number of slash lines is equal to the number of slices plus one. For example, as shown in the first image below, where there are three slices there are four slash lines.

Expand the following image to view examples of slash and slice.

Slash and spread example

Expand the following image to view examples of start, end, anchor, and spread.

Slash and spread terms

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