Guess what is better than straight pins for laying out and cutting a pattern? WASHERS!! For real.
Way back in time, like maybe 2000, I was asked to help make costumes for a regional youth dance festival that our church was putting on as part of their annual Youth Conference. The lady in charge had us meet at the stake center to lay out and cut the pattern pieces that we would then take home and sew.
The costumes were very simple, but the coolest thing about this experience was that I learned a great sewing trick that I continue to use to this day. Get you some 2-inch stainless (I think) washers. The middle hole is about 7/8 inch. I have about 20 or so in a little plastic container that I found at home somewhere.
It is so great to lay these washers (sometimes you might want to stack 2 of them together) right on top of the pattern piece. It saves a lot of time/fingers/stress.