|Baby Steps 9 - Speed-read your pattern instructions.
I always intend to read the instructions from go to woe but somehow about half way through my eyes glaze over and hey presto, I’ve failed the first step already!
A better system, I find, is to speed-read the pattern and highlight just the main bits - eg. 'View A' & the list of all it’s pattern pieces; ‘View A’ wherever it's written in the instructions; and all the diagrams relating to View A get circled with the highlighter. Obviously this doesn’t keep the instructions in pristine condition so you have to be ok with that.
I also do a similar thing to the pattern pieces I alter, before I cut them out – eg. where I morph from a 16 at the bust to an 18 at the waist I highlight the first inch or so of the 16 seamline and the last inch or so of the 18 seam line; I highlight the number of times I need to cut a piece out and where the edge needs to be placed on the fold.