So just before the championships started I celebrated my birthday, and I bought two presents for myself. Now the presents didn't arrive until a week or so ago, but I'm very happy with them.
The other present to myself was Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 2. I have the first one, and even if I haven't directly traced any patterns from it I've used it a lot for inspiration and instructions when it comes to constructing the garments. I am starting to feel more and more drawn to late Victorian fashion and with these two books I feel I have a good foundation to start with those kinds of projects.