June 24, 2012

Chemise, Corset & Petticoats

Victorian Fashion Trends

When it comes to Fashion, I am a big fan of the Victorian Era, I consider those women dresses just amazingly beautiful, elegant and charming, and I found one website with interesting information about the 19th Century Fashion  that not everybody knows about like, for example that women of that era were much like us women of today, always looking for the newest fashion at an affordable price or the fact that corsets affected women’s health seriously.  However, I still find that fashion style very nice.    

Having the Victorian era in my mind and inspired by my collection of Victorian Fashion & accessories from Dover Publication books, I decided to renovate and decorate one old cardboard perfume box I had forgotten in my closet.  Here it is the final result:

The box was in poor condition, but with a color striped background and prints of fashion elements, it came back to life. 

The colors of the background enhance the black & white prints. 

Some images were glued as well in the front of the box.

The background for the inside of the lid was kept in plain brown.

This is the “before” of this box.

This decoupage project was made using the wonderful and versatile Mod Podge.  The materials you need are:

  • Cardboard box or container that you want to use
  • Cuts of Victorian Fashion or any other fashion era of your preference
  • Acrylic paints
  • Liquid Gesso
  • Mod Podge
  • Rubber or clear stamps & ink
  • Spray Fixative  

 Step by Step:

1. Prepare the surface.  If the box is been previously used and it is in poor conditions like mine, apply one coat of liquid gesso to make it stronger and cover the imperfections.  If the box is brand new, just sand slightly the surface with a very soft sanding paper, for the paint to adhere better.

2. Cut the fashion prints and spray them with a fixative if necessary, to prevent the ink from running.  Let it dry and plan their distribution on the box. 

3.  Paint the entire box in the colors of your preference.  For this project I painted the lid with different colors, the inside of the box with an “antique rose” color, and the rest of the box in light brown color.  Let the box dry.  

4. Glue the images on to the box with Mod Podge, at the moment apply it on the back of the images (not the front).  Let them dry properly. 

5.  Then, add some decorative elements with vintage stamps.  I used buttons, letters and ornaments.

6.  Paint with black acrylic a border around the box to make it look old.

7.  Once all is dry give the whole box 2 layers of Mod Podge to seal it and protect it and voilà! the job is done.

It turned into a beautiful Victorian container for jewelry, make up or any fashion accessories.

Thank you very much for visiting and reading and I hope you try it at home, it's very easy and the finish is quiet unique.  If you like our blog, we invite you to follow us so we can stay tunned.   The access buttons are on the right column.  

Every week we have the honor and pleasure to participate and share our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating.  They are not in a particular order, just from the oldest till the newest I started participating:

Brag Monday @ The graphics Fairy  
Vintage style link party @ Debbiedoo's 
Market yourself @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff  
Link party @ The Girl Creative 
Making Monday marvelous @ C.R.A.F.T.  
Boggieboard Cottage @ Masterpiece Monday 
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life  
Meet me Monday @ You're Talking Too Much
Calling All Crafters Monday @ All Things Fee  
CraftOmaniac Monday @ Craft O Maniac 
More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  
Make-it-Yourself Monday @ An Original belle 
Amaze me Monday @  Dittle Dattle
Under 300 Followers Blog Hop @ Pinkapotamus  
The Cure for the Common monday @  Lines Across

Get your craft on @ Today'screative blog 
Knick of Time tuesday @ Knick of Time 
Tell it to me Tuesday @ Creatively Living 
Tutorials & Tips Link Party @ Home Stories A2Z  
Cowgirl up Linky Party @ Cedar Hill Ranch 
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia
Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy's Korner 
Be inspired link party @ Elizabeth & Co
Coastal Charm @ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking 
Take the Time to Challenge @ Raising 4 Princesses 
Turning the Daunting into the Do-Able @ Project Queen
One project at a Time @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Linking Pary @ Passionately Artistic
Take a look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee crafts 
Open Call Tuesdays @ Salt Tree
Show me what you got @ Our Delightful Home 

Wow us Wednesdays @ Savvysouthern style 
Primp your stuff Wednesday @ Primp
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm 
Share the love @ http://verymerryvintagestyle.blogspot.com
It's a Party @ DIY by Design 
Whatever goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts 
What is it Wednesday @ http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy man, crafty woman 
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely 
Show and Tell @ SNAP 
It's a Party @ CreativePrincess
Wildly Original Round Up @ I Gotta Create
Waste Not want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK 
What We Wore and Made Wednesdays @ Rae Gun Ramblings

Catch as Catch Can @ http://www.myrepurposedlife.net
Open House Party @ No MinimalistHere
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground 
Hookin' up with @ House of Hepworths
Time Travel Thrusday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
20 Below Thrusday @ Cristinas Adventures
Home and Garden Thrusday @ A Delightsome Life 
Made you Look @ Maid in a Day 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From my front porch to yours 
Thrifty Thursday @ Saved by Love Creations
Show off your stuff party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans

Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest 
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now 
Inspirational Friday @ At the picket Fence 
Do something Crafty @ See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature @ Redoux Interiors 
Once upon a Weekend @ Family Ever After
Friday Fun Party @ Craftionary 
Finished Lit and Laundry for Friday @ Lit and Laundry
Feature yourself Friday @ Finger Prints on the Fridge 
Look at Me I'm so Crafty @  Fun to Craft
It's a Hodgepodge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge life 
Friday Flair @ WhipperBerry
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff& Nonsense 
Simply Link Party @ SimplyDesigning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage   
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects 
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home 

Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter 
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different act Normal
Site Nite special @  Funky Junk Interiors 
Get schooled Saturday @ Too much time on my hands
Scrappy Saturday @ CandaceCreations
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Check me out Saturday @ Iam only 1 Woman 
Serenity Saturday @ - Serenity You
Saturday Seven Party @ Positively Splendid 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff
Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog  
What's Your Sunday's Best! @ My 1929 Charmer 
Weekend features @ Sisters of the Wild West
Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home 
Sundae Scoop @ I (Heart)Nap Time
DIY Project Parade @ DIY showoff 
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table andDreaming 
Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things  

Have a wonderful week,



  1. Erika, it's beautiful! I love the arrangement on the lid cover and the interior pink is so pretty! Great job! I always look forward to seeing your projects.

  2. Bonsoir! Thank you for the interesting and informative post. Your box is Tres Magnifique! I love your blog header too. Did you create it yourself? Wishing you a charming week mon ami. Au Revoir ~ Chelle

    1. Erika que caja tan maravillosa. Gracias por el pap.

  3. What a beautiful box and thanks for the how-to! Stopping by from Debbie-doos party. Jane

  4. It reminds me of the cut-out dolls I played with when I was growing up.

  5. Very pretty and feminine.

  6. What a lovely little box!

  7. Great little storage box to hide your bits and pieces

  8. Turned out really nice!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  9. What a clever and beautiful idea! I'm not very crafty, but even I could make this one--thank you!

  10. As always.. it is gorgeous! I just adore your vintage touch!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  11. What a beautiful box. Love that you covered the inside of the box so beautifully as well. Have a fabulous 4th and thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  12. You're right - the Victorian Era fashion was beautiful, but difficult! Love your box - a beautiful tribute! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  13. Love this vintage, classy look!!! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" Hopefully we'll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week's party! :) -The Sisters

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