Paper is an obvious necessity when it comes to drafting your own patterns. There are a number of different types available, so it is up to you what you prefer. While at university I fell in love with ‘dot and cross’ pattern cutting paper. It makes drawing parallel and perpendicular lines a piece of cake, and is transparent enough that you can easily trace off patterns when you are making changes. It is also nice and wide, so you don’t end up sticking twenty pieces of paper together to make a dress.