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I've been racking my brain trying to figure out my shortcuts, and the only thing I can come up with is "measure twice, cut once". heh
I make muslin versions first so that I don't have to make any alterations or unpicking seams to the real thing. That's kinda a short cut right? :)
When ironing on interfacing, I tend to put the pattern piece on the ironing board, lay the a large piece of interfacing on top, iron it, leave it to cool and then cut around the pattern piece afterwards. (Sure can make a mess of my ironing board if I'm not careful).
I am in the process of trying to break my bad shortcut habit – as it hasn’t been working out very well for me lately! I usually just check the pattern size chart, cut out the pieces, sew it together and try it on at the end – bypassing any proper fitting/muslins during the process. It had worked okay for me but lately – no such luck and I’ve had to give away a number of things I love because they don’t fit! Am trying to be more disciplined with fitting – but I’m too impatient!