ACEN 2018

I can’t believe that it is already June. I’ve been dreaming of warm weather and summertime for 9 months and suddenly we’re in the middle of it!

Every year I kick off the beginning of summer by traveling to Chicago for Anime Central, or ACEN. My first time attending was in-fact my very first convention ever attended, back in 2006!!

I decided that I wanted to finally build a costume that I’ve had on my list for many years, Queen Beryl! With the help of @JCSCostumeDesign we created a custom jewelry set with large stones, solder, and a blow torch…heheh!

This year was another fantastic year to meet up with friends, make new ones, and see hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing costumes! I judge the masquerade with Mogchelle and this year we were joined by HDC Cosplay. They are both fantastic people and it was a pleasure to hang out with them all day while meeting with all the contestants.

The contest is pretty straight forward. We are summoned around Noon to start seeing scheduled Groups and Master class entries. We finish up with those around 3:30, just in time for a short break which we use to scarf food…this year I had a KFC bowl and it was everything I didn’t even know I needed. We return to our table around 4:30 to begin judging all other entries who are lined up in an adjacent room. We tend to take photos and make notes while simultaneously investigating the costumes brought to us. We love seeing all the detail and hard work cosplayers have put into their works of art!

Making our final decisions was extremely difficult this year as everyone brought amazingly detailed costumes to us. We only had a finite amount of time to decide and an infinite reasons to choose everyone! I am so proud of all who entered the Masquerade and look forward to seeing even more of you next year!

Oriana

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! AKA: GAY CHRISTMAS

This Halloween season has been so full and busy which I have found to be very exciting!

Kicked off the weekend with a performance at Joe’s Halloween party with fellow entertainers Bendovah Plenti and Anastasia Beaverhausen. Bendovah and I opened the show with our Hocus Pocus number, after which we all did one solo performance, followed by a sing-along to Time Warp!

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Opening act, we were down one sister (she went to dust early)

I had so much fun debuting my 1940’s style Silent Hill Nurse with the mask by Brian ‘Daguru’ Beech. Working on this dress was SUPER FUN. Using Butterick Pattern 6018 in a size 16 I made minimal adjustments which made the dress pretty form fitting. I used cotton muslin to create the dress and splattered it with Rit Dye in Crimson and Chocolate (Brown). I love that my neighbors just accept the fact that sometimes I splatter fake blood on costumes in my front lawn.

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Here is a montage from my number as a Silent Hill Nurse!

Saturday Night

On Saturday I transformed into the Hostess for Cardinal Stage Company’s presentation of the Rocky Horror Picture show at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre. There were two showings of the movie, one at 8PM and one at Midnight, and both were sold-out with 5-600 people in the theatre.

This was the first time that I had hosted such a large event and to say, “I was nervous” was a slight understatement! Once I walked out on stage I shook all the fears away and just had fun, which was made even more enjoyable with the amazing audiences I had!

We had a “Devirginization” costume contest where we played all sorts of fun games on stage. Games like, eat popcorn off a strangers body, sexy words (like scrotum), “Whose Your Daddy?”, and peel the banana with only your mouth!

Banana game excerpt!

All the contests were amazing and I had fun with each and every one of them!

I am so very grateful for all the opportunities that I received this week and I am looking forward to a VERY busy month! I’ll keep you all update! Happy Halloween!

❤ Oriana Perón ❤ #werrrkoriana

 

Confetti Dot Nightmare

In my sewing journey I thought I’d seen the worst that fabric stores have to offer.

I was wrong.

In a moment of weakness I agreed to help a friend with some costumes for their up-coming play. In reality I was supposed to just be answering a question, but you know how that goes, and it turned into me sewing several costumes for the production. All the costumes were to be made of this “Confetti Dot Sequin” fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

First problem I noticed my machine skipping stitches while I was trying to sew.

Second problem the sewing thread would break after only a few stitches, which I found out was due to…

The third problem which was the sticky residue left behind by the fabric on my sewing needle.

To understand why this is all happening you have to understand this fabric that you are working with. Those “pretty” sequin dots are literally glued to the lame polyester warp and weft yards. Because of this as you sew your needled builds up friction which creates heat and melts the glue ever so slightly as it begins to coat your needle. Once the needle is coated your thread can’t pass through which causes it to build tension and snap.

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As you can see above, here is a needle coated with sticky residue from the fabric.

SOLUTION:

Well my first piece of advice is to simply pick a different fabric…no? You really want to sew with this? OK, fine.

(After intense internet research and my own trial and error here is how I was able to sew with the Confetti Dot Sequin Fabric)

  1. Get some oil: WD-40, Sewing Machine Oil, Baby Oil, etc… I used sewing machine oil. Take a Q-tip and soak it in the oil, then rub the Q-tip on the sewing machine needle until it’s coated in oil. Now thread your machine like normal being careful not to touch the needle with your fingers.
  2. Use Stabilizer. To save a bit of time, and money, I used parchment paper. You place this paper underneath your fabric and sew through it, after you’ve sewn your seam you tear it away leaving just your fabric and the finished stitch.
  3. Sew on the SLOWEST speed, this reduces the friction and heat build up which in turn reduces the amount of gunk build up on your sewing needle.
  4. After you have finished a seam soak another Q-tip in oil and run the sewing needle until you’ve rubbed off any build up. *repeat steps 2-4*

Using these steps you should be able to slowly sew together your pattern pieces and create a garment.

Good Luck and God speed!

(here is a pair of paints I managed to cobble together with the above steps)img_20161025_024002

Miss Werrrk.com

Hello Internet!

So recently I took a chance and threw my panties in the ring for the possibility to compete for Miss Werrrk.com!

I was chosen!

I am filled with happiness and anxiety, because the other queens look fierce as hell! Look for more posts coming after October 31st!

Check out the link below to see a video of all the queens competing! You also get to Vote for the remaining two contestants!

http://werrrk.com/miss-werrrk-com-2016-meet-contestants/