I love the fact that Merchant and Mills sell their patterns on card, with notches and drill holes for marking darts and seams and the like. They are a little more costly but are so much more accurate, involve no cutting preparation (as you order just one size) so you can just weigh the card pattern pieces down on top of your fabric and get started!
I am not a pinner … I much prefer to mark my patterns with tailors chalk or a water dissolvable pen.
Here is a pic of my toile pieces ready to sew (I had a lot of this cotton, not sure why!?) …
Next up: fitting and tweaking the toile ..