How often in life have you run across someone who dresses everyday as if it was 1898? This subject was so deserving of a much larger canvas but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get down at least a sketch.
An author, milliner, seamstress and now model, Sarah and her husband both dress in period costume and give lectures on the subject. Her book, Waisted Curves: My Transformation into a Victorian Lady is available from her website. She began wearing a corset two years ago and you can see her before and after pictures on her site. Worth the visit.
By the way, they drive a DeLorean while wearing their tophat and shawl (ok, maybe not the tophat). Another painting of her in Victorian dress is HERE. Her waist is actually smaller than I painted it.