Gaile asked what kind of paper I use to trace patterns. I use tracing paper that comes on a roll from an art supply store. Specifically I use this 24" x 50 yard white tracing paper. There's an Utrecht shop nearby so I buy it in person. I trace with a pencil because I always make some kind of mistake that needs erasing, but the cool thing about this paper is that you can write on it with markers, including Sharpies, and it won't bleed through.
The paper comes in different widths: 12", 18", 24", and 36". I feel like the 36" might be a little too unwieldy, for me at least. I like the 24" width; only a few times have I traced something that required me to tape sheets together to be big enough.
The first roll I purchased lasted me nearly a year; I just purchased my second roll a couple of months ago. Sometimes I try to be really conservative, saving all the little scraps I end up with, and other times I just throw them out.
My Burda Easy Fashion coat is coming along together quite nicely. I just need to insert the lining and make the origami trims which will be hand sewn onto the sleeve and coat hems. I have a feeling this will take a while - making the origami trim itself requires a lot of hand sewing. I am going out of town for the weekend; if I get my act together, I'll get it prepped to the point where I can bring the trim (but not the coat) on the plane and tackle the hand sewing in transit.