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If the fabric allows, I will use the overlocker to do the seam and edges in the one go. Yet another great thing about overlockers!!
I skip steps if I think I can get away with it. For instance, on the last skirt I sewed, I eliminated the buttons (put in a zipper instead) and, since the fabric was thick enough, skipped the lining. Sometimes this comes back to bite me (like when I had to start a dress over from scratch because I could get it on but couldn't get it off!) but it works a surprising amount of the time.
I love Rooibos and want to try sewing the skirt in one fabric (a navy silk print) and the top in another (to be named later). What a great contest!
Sometimes, when I'm sewing costumes for my medieval reenactment group, I'll zigzag the raw edges of the pattern pieces before I put anything together. I don't know if it actually saves time, but it fools me well enough-- it's easier to get at some of the seams that are later harder to finish, and it makes the actual construction of the garment seem so much faster and easier!
I'm almost certain there's some reason why I shouldn't do this, buuuut...