Mabel came by our studio today to model an outfit that we received from Toby, a VPA member who was cleaning out her closets. The bodice is from around 1900, and it is very tiny. We thought that Mabel would be small enough to wear it, and while we were able to cinch her waist down to 21″ without too much effort, we still weren’t able to completely button the front other than right at the waist. Boy were women tiny back then. The original owner also must have had a pencil neck because we had to pin it in the back and even with it pretty tight on Mabel, it left about a 1″ gap.