I wonder if transferring dot marks from a pattern to fabric is a mystery for you as it used to be for me. It's really important to accurately mark the pattern dots, but when sewing with a busy print it's frustrating to later see the markings. Finally I learned from teachers how to mark with chalk and pins so now I can be a success at this. The essential tip is "where the pin ENTERS the fabric is where your mark resides". For the Sandy Betzina Vogue pattern 2945 it was important to mark the pattern dots along the neckline.
First I push a pin through the pattern piece, Step 1 Mark DOT
then fold back the pattern and with chalk make a small mark or dot on the wrong side of the fabric......placing mark exactly where the pin enters the fabric. Do this on both layers of fabric (assuming you have two layers).
Next remove pin and pattern, but don't move your fabric yet. Go back and make and X with the center of the X being your chalk mark. Step 2 - Mark X with Chalk Step 2 - another view
To avoid having pins fall out as you move your project during construction, you can insert the pin going in and out of the fabric twice, each time taking a very small pinch of fabric. Going in and out twice will make that pin more secure. But it's critical that first stick of the pin be in the spot you want to mark.
A dressmaker who taught me this technique said "Be careful where you INSERT your pins and then TRUST your pins". It's not important where the pin exits the fabric. But where it goes into the fabric should be accurate as that exact spot is your marking point. These photos show you the sequence. I hope you find these tips handy.
End result - when you are sewing your garment you can easily match up the location where pins are inserted into the fabric (location of the dots) and will have accurate match-ups. I hope this tips helps you as much as it has helped me.