I tend to theme my holiday wrapping paper/ribbon color scheme every year. I’m sure I’m not the only one. The problem is that every year, I end up with off bits of wrapping paper… The great thing is, wrapping paper makes dandy patterning paper!
Wrapping paper gives you enough room to draft human-size bodices and skirts, too. Even if you don’t have leftover, there’s tons of holiday-themed paper on clearance this time of year. They’ll be cheaper than muslin or brown craft paper.
A lot of modern papers are marked off on a 1″ grid on the back side. It’s nice as a quick way to check the size of a piece. I find it very helpful when I’m trying to sight-check the angles on seams that match up.