I saw this at a second hand store and had to take a picture. The machine is real and vintage. The manikin, with bright red painted lips, is on the side board of the machine's table holding a small candelabra. A tea set sits in front with a long table topper, under it draping the manikin for "modesty".
The whole piece is painted white. I had to take a close-up look. This was once, most likely, likely once part of a display in a store that sold haberdashery somewhere near by in France. I found it rather ghoulish and like viewing a train wreck, I ended up inspecting it for quite a while wondering who made it and what it looked like in the shop it once graced.
Knowing I wanted to make this project, I was able to collect some items on the last trip back stateside. Between JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, Michaels and stores here in Europe I found items I thought would work well for use on my box purse. I really like the pieces by Jim Holtz. they are well made and fun to use.
I have something called Paperpatch and while I was stateside I bought some Mod Podge. Using them for this project I noticed that the Mod Podge worked a bit better. It was less sticky faster, or better put it dried completely faster.
I backed a piece of muslin with freezer paper and cut it to the size of a sheet of paper. using a color printer, the picture was reproduced.
I do not bother buying the ready made sheets at the stores since it is so easy to make them myself.
The result on muslin is a beautiful pastel look.
The drawing of the lady with a chair is called Toilette de Casino ou Garden Party is from 9 may 1897. It is one of my favorites since it reminds me of a park in Paris which has very sturdy chairs on gravel covered grounds surrounded by high walls and fountains. T
The park is popular with tourists and in beautiful weather, the chairs are in high demand.
On the reverse side is a lady with an umbrella, also in a park like setting. The issue is Sunday 18 April 1897.
18 April 1897.
According to the issue, This dress is called "Robe-princesse pour jeune femme". Just like the previous picture this dress once could have been purchased at Mmes Coussinet-Piret, rue Richer, 43 Paris.
I Google Earthed rue Richer 43. It appears the building no longer exists. Where the building once stood is now it is a modern corner in Paris. C'est la vie!
Enough research on the past, now to the project.
To apply the pictures to the wood box, since I did not want a real stark wood background, I painted the box with a light layer of of white paint. When dried, the wood of the box could still be seen, but it was greatly muted.
Just the background look I wanted.
I then Mod Podged the pictures to the box and began to layer the dry-rotted lace pieces over the box.