One of my favorite blogs for inspiration is Stunt Sewing by Corie, owner of Banberry Place. She has three girls (so do I!) and she love to sew clothing for them (me too!) She recently blogged about shortcuts she uses to sew. She also has a useful post on tracing patterns (she uses many European patterns). She also pointed me to this new-to-me video by Amy of Angry Chicken on the No Swearing Bias Tape Method.