Every once in a while. something does click in this ol' brain of mine. It finally clicked on a better way to cut out patterns when I read Kathleen Fasanella's post on rotary cutting yesterday.
One of my grumbles about cutting is pattern erosion...the little nicks and slices that seem to happen no matter how hard one tries not to do that. It's especially bad on the costuming patterns, because we're moving in such a hurry.
Obviously, the answer is to chalk-trace the pattern onto the fabric and then take it away before cutting.
I don't even think it will take much longer to trace it than it does to anchor it down...particularly after I've had a bit of practice....
Now, where'd I put that chalk?