I looked through the thread and noticed my favourite 'copy' method hadn't been listed.
You know those plastic dollar store table cloths? Those. In a light colour, once you lay them over your pattern, you can just trace over them using a sharpie or pen. then you can make your adjustments (if you're one size on top, and another on bottom) as you go, and use the plastic version for future projects.
Also, this might just be personal preference, but I find Simplicity patterns easiest to understand when it comes to instructions. I was using a Burda pattern once and eventually gave up on the instructions completely and just started putting pieces together.
~Misadventures in costume making~
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Kureha - Shining Wind: 10% (drafting)
Khaleesi - A Song of Ice and Fire: 80% (wig and finishing)