Very careful mother or governess should take her child or charge to one of the wellknown corsetières who makes a speciality of designing corsets for training the youthful figure. Any one of them will be able to advise you and to carry out the latest, most scientific ideas in designing the best type of constrictive wear for the youthful trainee.
Some mothers and governesses in an excess of zeal make the mistake of strapping up their young hopefuls into a veritable suit of armor, and lace them into a degree far beyond the fundamental requisite tightness necessary for the first corset. By forcing the girl of 12 or 13 into a training apparatus much more severe than required, she is prejudiced against the whole process of shaping and disciplining her figure and may never get over this first impression. Furthermore, if the first corset is too heavy, too rigid, too severely shaped and too tightly laced to start with, the health of the trainee may well be adversely affected.
So, generally, the careful mother or governess should abide by the advice of the trained corsetière. She will design for your charge a corset as easy and comfortable as it is possible to make and still fulfill the requisites of confining, directing and shaping the growing figure. This first corset should be long enough to restrict and control all bodily movement from the shoulders to the knees. It should be rigid enough to compel an erect, proper posture, sitting, standing, walking, or reclining.