Just a couple of thing that come handy :
, or any washable markers you can steal from kids
. I use them (in light shades) to mark the fabric before cutting it because I'm really clumsy with the chalk...
MAKE SURE THEY ARE REALLY WASHABLE BEFORE USE !!!
are you best friends. When you found the fabric of your dreams, if you're not sure of you or your pattern, make what you intend to sew out of newspapers and tape. It's cheap and helps you adjusting a pattern to your measurements.
Just be careful : ink may stain your hands.
3. My personal 'lazy-tip' : when I'm making a skirt with a light and/or sheer fabric, I hate wasting time with lining. So, I skip the part where you have to mark both fabrics by marking only the lining one and sewing (wrong sides facing) the 2 fabrics.
Just don't try this with a thick fabric.
Sorry for any eventual spelling/grammar mistakes. I'm French