This is one of my favorite moments in sewing: the place where one can take a deep breath before construction begins.
The pattern has been selected and altered. The fabric has been purchased, washed, and ironed. The layout recommended by the pattern company has been studied and possibly improved a little. The box of pins has been accidentally dropped on the floor, sworn at, retrieved, and reloaded. The contortions required to cut clean inside curves have been negotiated.
This stack of pieces begins to reveal the garment it will become. After a cup of coffee, I'll cut the notches and thread-mark the dots, squares, and other landmarks.
And when the signs are auspicious, I'll start sewing.