Have a dedicated pair of paper scissors, only used for cutting out pattern pieces. A sharp blade makes all the difference.
Tick off each piece as it’s cut out. This gives a sense of achievement and forwards progress. It also means you can keep track of what has or hasn’t been cut out, without having to disturb feather-light pieces of tissue paper.
Cut out pieces roughly in the first instance. This avoids wrangling with huge sheets of tissue paper as you then cut out accurately.
Save the leftover scraps of tissue paper to use for future pattern tweaks. If you regularly do FBAs, for example, you’ll need spare paper to tape to your adjustments.
Press each paper piece with a moderately hot iron. Not only will this help with accurate cutting out, but it’s an opportunity to study the details of the pattern.
Immediately follow up with pressing your pre-laundered fabric, folded right sides together with selvages meeting. If you’re feeling extra saintly, flip and press both sides of the fabric.
If you can turn this process into its own satisfying ritual, you’ll learn not to rush to the instant hit of slicing into fabric. Rituals can make all the difference between success and failure.
Now, how to stop those pressed paper pieces from curling?