I live in Brisbane Australia and am looking to purchase some pattern paper for drafting my own patterns. Does anyone know where I can get it and what it is called.

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    Apr 17, 2013, 09.31 PMby bjr99

    Go to sewtrue.com and look under patternmaking supplies. They sell it by the roll.

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    Apr 19, 2013, 05.32 PMby ofec

    I couldn’t find it where I live either (Israel). Since some use “medical paper” I was trying to buy some from a clinic but couldn’t find the right paper.

    So I started drafting my own patterns on some used paper I found around the house (old newspapers and things I printed and wanted to recycle). It works very well for me, and it saves money I can spend on fabric :)

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    Apr 23, 2013, 02.20 AMby straycat

    What I use (picked it up from a site I can’t remember) is the thin, clear plastic sheeting they sell at Lowes, Home Depot, or other home improvement stores. I like it because it’s thin enough to ‘flow’, but strong enough that it won’t tear. I like it better than pattern paper. Also, with it being clear, I don’t have to cut up a pattern. Instead, I trace it on the plastic and cut the plastic. Works great!

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    Apr 23, 2013, 09.16 AMby sewingfan1

    I just use greaseproof baking paper, cheap and cheerful.

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      Apr 23, 2013, 04.33 PMby Charlotte Blakey

      haha, me too. better than tissue, much stronger!

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    Apr 23, 2013, 11.34 PMby roselan

    Try going to spotlights. Their frabic department.

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    Apr 25, 2013, 01.46 PMby josephina

    Cheap interfacing works well. It’s transparent, and can be stitched together as a makeshift toile if you want to check fit (doesn’t help with drape though).

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    Apr 26, 2013, 04.55 AMby arisaid

    I also use cheap interfacing, (Vilene) and find this really does work very well. If you don’t want that you could try getting some draughting paper (i.e. that used by draughtsmen) from a print shop.

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    Apr 27, 2013, 02.01 AMby purplefan

    Found a 2010 blogpost where the blogger listed places to find rolls of paper after a lot of research and pricing forays. Might still be valid.

    http://loweryourpresserfoot.blogspot.com/2010/09/tracing-paper-supplies-in-sydney.html

    Interesting that the paper used for examination rooms is called barrier bench rolls. Quite certain the rolls have a somewhat different name here in North America: exam table paper!

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    May 10, 2013, 07.58 PMby 20beverly08

    save yourself a lot of money and use plain old graph paper from an office supply store—it is a lot cheaper. Or, wax paper, or even newspaper or a paper grocery sack cut out flat to cut out your pattern pieces from. I have done this for years and it works great, unless hubby is not finished reading the newspaper.

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    May 10, 2013, 11.00 PMby katexxxxxx

    I avoid newspaper as the print canb rub off on fabric and it tears easily. Look for a supplier of pattern paper to fashion students and the industry. I buy my ‘dot & cross’ from Morplan here in the UK, in 200m rolls.

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    May 14, 2013, 06.34 AMby redscootergirl

    I went to an art supply shop and bought some architect’s tracing paper – translucent but much sturdier than normal tracing/tissue paper.

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    May 15, 2013, 03.47 PMby marliesee

    I buy mine in the stationery shops, it works excellent.

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    May 19, 2013, 06.16 PMby mlssfshn

    In the states it’s called alpha numeric paper. See if googling that turns up anything.

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    Sep 12, 2013, 06.29 AMby cooi

    I use drafting paper from www.sewtrue.com. While it takes an initial investment, it saves SO much time and it’s not actually that expensive. When I calculated the cost per square foot vs. that of medical paper, it was actually cheaper!

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    Sep 16, 2013, 03.54 AMby ronnielee

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    Sep 29, 2013, 12.35 AMby LainieRullo

    I use rolls of brown craft paper. The width is great and it is VERY sturdy. It’s in the shipping suplies section at Walmart.

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    Oct 1, 2013, 06.32 AMby hinon

    I use frost cloth for tracing patterns, bought at the garden section of The Warehouse (new zealand) – about 10 dollar for a 1m wide roll. It’s like interfacing but see-through; so see-through that I can match up prints if I want to, and I can also baste pieces together to get a quick look at the fit.

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