I know lots of people who wear corsets, and someone who makes them...she makes absolutely gorgeous corsets!
Re: the old-timey rag thing, I always wondered that, too! I was reading the Love Comes Softly series, and when Missy and Willie go out West on the wagon train, I was like "oooh I wonder how she's going to handle that!" .....aaaaaaaand she didn't have to because the author conveniently made her pregnant.
Also re: splashing your face, I would get water everywhere but my face.
Oh, and now I have a question. Am I the only one who doesn't brush their teeth right when they wake up? I get why you would want to, but I cannot imagine trying to eat or drink anything after with everything tasting like minty toothpaste.
Like toothpaste plus orange juice equals BLECH!