|I haven't seen this one, but I assume everyone must know of this source for cheap large sheets of paper, and if you didn't, you do now! Butcher paper can be found at local restuarant supplies (i.e Smart N Final), or out-of-business liquidation sales. One large roll of this stuff will last you forever.
White butcher paper is thicker than tissue, pretty much the same weight as printer paper. I suggest you draft your pattern pieces, mark them, cut them out, then pin them (in that order!!) I know some people use newspaper, but it is nearly impossible to trace with that stuff, and it leaves an icky ink.
Butcher paper isn't transparent, per se, but is also usually thin enough to trace with providing you have adequate contrast. if you're tracing a pattern piece, you can place a white sheet under the tissue, and then the butcher paper on top. That usually provides enough information for tracing purposes.
And here's another use for butcher paper: The kids. Lots 'n lots of nearly endless white paper for doodling!!