Corsets in the 19th century

Okay, Amy. What's happening with you and Charlotte the maid in the 1800s. You've been too quiet the past few days.

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Did you tell George, the gentleman who's interested in Charlotte that there's no way he should see her again because she's a maid and below his accepted social class?  No? Okay. Figured as much.  Surprise me.

Charlotte made herself a beautiful  corset?




And she's styling her hair differently?





Yeah, and she told me today that she had a dream about George. About kissing him. And in the dream her hand had all its fingers, just as if the injury in the factory in England never happened to her.

But it did. And now you have both Charlotte and George interested in one another. Gotta give it to you, Amy ... you've gotten them connected (with lies upon lies). 
What did the lady of the house say about George kissing Charlotte's hand when they were in the parlour the other day? When she thought Charlotte was just going as your chaperone?


She thinks he was being super forward, but polite.
I know I have to talk to her soon. I figure I'll tell her the truth when George is so hot for Charlotte that he'll never let her go. No matter what.

Tomorrow, me, Charlotte and George are going to the theatre in George's carriage. I'm looking forward to it cause I'm like, so sick of reading and doing needlepoint and stuff. Maybe I'll talk to the lady of the house when we get home. You gotta stop worrying so much.

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It's so much more than that. You could end up making Charlotte lose her job with the family you live with. She would lose her room in the house. It could damage her reputation, and that would be a terrible thing for her to deal with in the 19th century. 

It was in the 16th century when corsets first became a fashionable undergarment, increasing in popularity until the Victorian era, where you now live. In the early 1800s, the corset was worn mainly to support the breasts, but around 1830 it also became a waist narrower.
It won't be until 1890 when machine-made corsets become popular, most being handmade until that time. In the mid 1800s, the silhouette of the time is a definite hourglass shape for women. And it will also be during this time that concerns of too-cinched waists will come to the forefront, including concerns by doctors. 
It will be during the First World War (1914 to 1918) when the U.S. War Industries Board will ask women to stop purchasing corsets due to the need for metal at the time. (Corsets were being made using steel wire). 

From around 1920 to 1960 girdles will become important as a means to enhance the shape of a woman's body, most extending from the waist to the upper thigh area. Especially around 1950 when a wide skirt is popular with a narrow waist, the demand for girdles will increase incredibly. 
Even though body shapers are worn in the 21st century and corsets are still available, the uncomfortable constricted waist of days gone by have fortunately gone out of style for every day use.