Yosuke Hanamura
Persona 4

Cosplayer: Amy-Lou

Variant: Winter Uniform

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Amecon 2010

31st October 2011: Finishing Touches I got Yosuke out again for a Persona meet at the Expo and took the chance to upgrade his trousers. I needed some that would match the polyester jacket fabric and found a pair for a barginous £10 in New Look.

I decided to hand sew the white lines down the leg seams as my machine wouldn't put the defining gap in between each stitch to keep them distinct. Embroidery thread had the best thickness to match the jacket stitching and I used a ball point embroidery needle, which was so much nicer than the usual stabbing my fingers to pieces hand sewing!

At first it was really hard to keep the stitches straight, they always went just that little bit wonky. Then I realised that the stitches will line up along the needle, so the more you thread on in one go, the straighter they'll be. In the photo I've got a needles length of stitches ready to pull through, it made it a lot faster going too.

11th August 2010: Glasses I wasn't sure if I'd do these, but we popped into a TKMax looking for Dez trousers and they happened to have a pair in the right style! The Warhammer paint made a return to completely cover them and do the little rainbow stripes on the side. It scratches off the lenses easily if you go wrong too :D

Around this time Pete pointed out that he wears a red collared t-shirt under the jacket. I'd been blissfully unaware, but I can't let this sort of thing go, so I went out hunting. In the end I bought a white v-neck and fabric painted the collar red.

8th August 2010: Dying the Wig Before starting I covered my wig head in cling-film and got some marigold gloves. This stuff is messy and will colour anything and everything!

I poured one plastic cup of surgical spirit (bog standard pure cheap stuff, don't want added oils or fancies) into a spray bottle and then added my inks to a total of 8 full droppers in the ratio I'd worked out earlier. Then it's just a matter of working through the wig one row of wefts at a time from the bottom to the front. I used 2 cups to completely finish my short wig, but I got the ink slightly different on the second try so the top is lighter than the back...not obvious, but I prefer the back colour.

Leave it to dry. The walkthrough said 8 hours roughly, I left mine 24 hours because I remembered it wrong... as long as it's completely dry it's fine :3 You can brush it through now to get rid of any crispy feel from excess ink.

Then you can wash it with cold/lightly warm water and shampoo (remember hot water is used to change wig styles because it warps the strands, really hot will damage it). No ink will come out as it would when you dye real hair, this is purely done to tone down the smell. Once it's dry brush it again and enjoy :D

The people in the walkthrough don't seem to have trouble with the dye rubbing off on clothes, mine did a little on the jacket collar, but it wasn't much and it washed off afterwards with stain remover.

6th August 2010: Inks Because I felt like a massive cheat not having made the clothes I thought this was the perfect time to try something new with the extra time.

Rather than buying a new wig, Kat had a blonde one in Yosuke's style that was going free, so I read up on wig dying!

I stuck to the original posters method pretty closely, but took the replies into account. Type of ink, quality of wig and original colour of wig are the factors which will affect the final result, so I stuck with the FW ink brand they used to keep the odds good. Cass Art seem to think the best place for tiny similar bottles is the bottom shelf in a dark corner, so after a long time practically laid on the shop floor I came away with two browns and an orange to mix.

You get way more ink than you use in these bottles, so I spent some time mixing up my three colours in a glass to find a good ratio before trying the real thing. I watered it down to check the final colour (remember it'll be much darker as neat ink).

4th August 2010: Headphones After talking to lots of people and doing some internet hunting, I found the most similar headphones I could get would be Philips SHP 2500. Staked out eBay for a bit and got mine for a tenner!

I stole Jonny's Warhammer paints to mod the headphones because they're so good for painting plastic :3
One side painted perfectly, but the other kept gunking up into brush tracks for no reason, so I masking taped it up into a plastic bag leaving only the circle exposed and used spray primer on that side (like I should have done for both sides in the first place). The paint went over the primer smoothly after that :)

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Anonymous - 19th August 2010
*Peers* ZOMG it's Amy!

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GAINAX - 23rd August 2010
Wow Amy this is awesome! :D YOU LOOK JUST LIKE A BOY!

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CrystalNeko - 23rd August 2010
Oooh wow! You do look rather different, we must Persona it up sometime together :D You really suit the schoolboy look XD

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Posscat - 26th August 2010
One of THE best Yosuke's ever.
Very awesome indeed.

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Amy-Lou - 2nd September 2010
Thank you so much guys :)

@Gainax - I choose to take that as a compliment XD

@CrystalNeko - I'd love to jump into a group sometime!

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Solaria - 26th November 2010
*3* uwow you make an amazing Yosuke <3

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Sephirayne - 19th January 2011
Looking very cool I love this.

Glad the binder worked ;)

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Solaria - 5th August 2011
Cant wait to get pics with you in October youre seriously my favourite Yosuke cosplayer xD If i do Chie I'll be gentle (undecided between her and Yukiko)

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Freyarule - 3rd October 2011
Cannot wait for October hun :) Hope you don't mind but I've been helping out my boyfriend with his Yosuke (he's neko_riddles ;)) and the info on headphones and tips on using model paint have been so helpful, thankyou! <3 we shall be sure to give you much hugs on the day :)

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Amy-Lou - 3rd October 2011
Really glad the journals came in handy! I can't wait to see the group :D

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Solaria - 31st October 2011
It was lovely meeting you at expo and seeing this in person <3 You do him so much justice :D

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TheStarlightFairy - 1st November 2011
Aaaah I wish I got to see this in person! This looks so awesome!
You make a really good Yosuke ^^

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Natsumi - 12th March 2012
Ah good choice of character you make a brilliant Yosuke. I love those glasses v much and that wig is really perfect. Hooray for P4! <3