Rise Kujikawa (Winter Uniform) - Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4


Ayacon 2011


I've only played Persona 3 and 4 but I love them both and they're my favourite games. Therefore I must spam lots of cosplays from the series :P

Naoto and Rise are my favourite characters in 4! Teddie, Yosuke and Kanji trailing closely behind and then the others. Anybody that knows me quite well knows that I love school uniform cosplays, so I had to do both the male and female uniforms. Wanted to do female first as I already had the wig for Rise that's been unworn!

Not going to lie, it's not my best crafted school uniform cosplay, far from it. I accidentally made it a bit ill fitting due to not aligning the panels correctly so it's not fitted right at the sides basically, not to mention it's tighter than I hoped because I forgot she wore a turtle neck!

It's basically two panels sewn together with darts running down the front. I couldn't see a seam down the back but I might take apart the back panel and remake it to two panels for the back any way so that it's better fitted. Unfortunately I found out the reason why it was ill fitted in the first place because the embroidery wasn't a perfectly straight line! So I'll only take it apart when I have the time to redo the embroidery.

Sailor collar was all one piece and double layered with yellow cotton stitched on. Triangle bit is also double layered.
Yellow tie was basically a rectangle which then curved into triangles at the end - this was double layered as well as I didn't want the rolled hem to be seen.
White turtle neck belongs to my mum. I actually forgot she had one and didn't remember until I was packing for Aya... So hopefully for October Expo I can buy a more accurate one.

I dyed the skirt thanks to some really great advice from Natsumi on here. Full credit on the idea goes to her!
Dyed grey using Indian ink from The Works mixed with water. I'm pretty sure if you use surgical spirit on it instead of water it will be permanent but I was running out of time so couldn't use that method (as it's suppose to smell for several days and I couldn't wait that long!). Just water is fine though.
I used knife pleats, hemmed it and added on a rectangle waistband with a zip on the side.

Everything is hand embroidered using thick embroidery thread. My dad told me I could have used the machine if I had bought a special needle, I was already half way through when he told me this so I just carried on happily (screwing up my neck and back) carrying on the way I was :P

Thigh high socks I already had. Originally bought from Primark.
Shoes I already had. Originally bought from Matalan. I just painted on the crosses with white acrylic paint. When I get the chance, I'll get some leather and buckles to make them completely accurate.

Wig was bought from 1000014; he already told me it was pretty tangled but I didn't mind because it was so cheap and the perfect colour! Used the hot water method for this as I wanted it wavy not curly. No hairbands were involved with putting up the pigtails, I just tightly pulled the hair to two separate low pigtails and then plaited it fairly loosely and used four hair grips on each pigtail to hold them up. Also cut in some bangs and it already had a decent fringe when I got it so didn't need to do anything.

Glasses I used aren't accurate but hopefully I can find accurate ones someday. I just used my own glasses for the shoot, they're my lesson/driving glasses meaning I could actually see for once in my life in a costume! :P

FrankieEstee posted on 15 May, 2010 - 09:48
*A*~ Riseee-channnnnnn~ *shot* I can't wait to see you do this 8DD

Ino posted on 17 July, 2011 - 00:58
Ahhh!! We need a Rise, would you believe ... ;3 I'll put in a word to the group to do Persona on the Friday~

TheStarlightFairy posted on 17 July, 2011 - 21:34
You will make such a lovely Rise! Your wig is lovely :) May bother you and ask for advice/tips at Aya (just to warn you), as this is looking very good so far ^^

Natsumi posted on 29 July, 2011 - 12:14
Oh awesome work so far! Wig looks great! Yay for fabric land that's where I got my houndstooth fabric aswell! (after searching all over the net for it first! DX)

Solaria posted on 11 August, 2011 - 12:42
Dat jacket <3 fff you suit Rise so mucho :D Methinks ima stick to Chie for expo oTL if i change my mind again shoot me? xD

TheStarlightFairy posted on 11 August, 2011 - 21:02
This looks AMAZING so far! Also your journals are very useful so thanks xP

yami-no-neko posted on 13 August, 2011 - 09:33
It's looking really nice

Solaria posted on 18 August, 2011 - 14:57
SO MUCH WIN <3 That embroidery *3*

TheStarlightFairy posted on 24 August, 2011 - 00:09
You guys look so awesome!

Natsumi posted on 24 August, 2011 - 23:09
It was lovely to meet you!! ( Sorry if it felt like we kidnapped you!! Bwahaha. XD ) You make such a pretty Rise <3

Ino posted on 24 August, 2011 - 23:19
Hey Rise! I'm so glad we got group shots with you and got to hang out :D I really loved your costume, especially the pretty wig *_*!

sarmander posted on 24 August, 2011 - 23:36
Rise-chaaaan~ ^3^ So pretty~! It was lovely to get photos with you, so thankyou for putting up with our lameness (and Teddies' forwardness!) XD BTW, since you're in the Bristol area (ish) you should totally come to anime club on a Sunday some day and hang out! X3

CrystalNeko posted on 24 August, 2011 - 23:53
Thank you everyone! *A* <333 I love how everyone's in the West Country... Why did I not know of this before!? XD I'm thinking of going to Bristol again this or next Sunday actually :B Might have to PM you for more details~

Solaria posted on 25 August, 2011 - 10:25
yesss <3 love it and the whole group <3 Cannot wait for Octobers shoot <3

Mungojerrie posted on 2 October, 2011 - 10:34
You look so different in this costume! It really suits you though, you look so pretty 8D

TheStarlightFairy posted on 10 November, 2011 - 01:45
You make such a good Rise! It was fun doing the shoot with you and I really like the new photos ^^ MOAR PERSONA 4 MADNESS NEEDS TO BE HAD

Mrykhami posted on 25 November, 2011 - 14:37
I love Persona games so much~ And you make a great Rise-chan ^w^~ I see there was a Persona 4 group.. so sad I missed it ;w; Oh well if you guys are planning group meetings pleeease let me know~ :D I'll join you with my Shadow Yosuke ^^/~

BabemRoze posted on 31 December, 2011 - 16:24
You look amazing :D x

Sephirayne posted on 31 December, 2011 - 17:29
You look so lovely.

j_mercuryuk posted on 31 December, 2011 - 19:15
You make such a cute Rise and he uniform looks awesome!

Dusttee posted on 2 January, 2012 - 17:35
You look adorable~ The stitching on the top looks fab

MadameLapin posted on 20 April, 2012 - 19:19
You look sooooooooooooo adorable in this! Such a fantastic cosplay <3

Make top
Make skirt
Sailor collar
Detailing on top
Yellow tie
Buy/Style wig
Modify shoes
1.5m snaggle tooth suiting
Long burgundy wig
1m black cotton
0.5 yellow cotton
6" black zip
8" black invisible zip
Embroidery thread

Total cost: £0.00

23rd September 2011

New skirt

It's not ironed yet, will do that later the time :P I used knife pleats this time as they look more knife pleats than box pleats. I've been so use to doing box pleats for every skirt I've made that I got confused on how to make a knife pleated skirt at first orz... I got there eventually after my stupid moment though! And then I realised the pattern was pointing in the wrong direction to the reference picture... Not that you will notice but it's the little details that counts to me, so I unpicked everything and re-pleated it LOL. I always mess up the second time round. You'd think you'd get better when you do things more than once... Not me :P I messed up the waistband, wooooo. This is what I get when I'm too lazy to pin things. You don't notice though because the shirt is covering it, and the pattern is already eye-trippy. My hands are completely black from handling that fabric now... Yeah I don't think it's washable :P I think if you use alcohol to dye it rather than water then it will stay. But the smell takes several days to get out and I didn't have that kind of time to let the stink go away. Plus I've had enough of toxic fumes XD; Photoshop isn't working at this very moment so you get a huuuuuge crappy webcam pic 8D; Time Taken: 1-2hrs??

17th September 2011


But after the dye job I scrubbed it nice and clean so it's no longer stained <3 The gloves however, are kind of grey and yellow... The shade of grey seems to change colour depending on the light when photographed, but I did a comparison photo of a little snippet that didn't get dyed to show that is indeed, grey. A light grey though, I couldn't tell whether it was light grey or dark grey, I have enough dye left to turn it darker if need be but I'm getting feedback first~ I used Indian Ink mixed with water to dye it. Mucho thanks to Natsumi for the advice on that!! <333

9th September 2011

New skirt fabric

Bought new skirt fabric! Same material type, just the snaggletooth is twice as large! We all wanted to match so I opted to buy it all. Went to Fabric Land again the other day and bought crap tons of this stuff. Funnily enough, last time I went and bought snaggletooth the larger stuff was out of stock. This time I went I didn't see any of the smaller stuff xD Thanks to some amazing advice from Natsumi, I'll hopefully be dying it grey, preferably without dying my bathtub grey at the same time :P No real progress, I gotta buy the ink first... Wheeee I'm excited about cos-sing from P4 again 8D

13th August 2011


ALL THE EMBROIDERY IS DONE. I... I CAN SLEEP 8'D I now know why it's quite ill fitting though, the panels aren't straight OTLLLL. It just the back, the front is fine. Paaaah I am a useless seamstress OTL OTL OTL. I discovered this when I was embroidering and realised I had to force myself to sew in a diagonal X_X Curse you cruel world, I really cannot be arsed to change it now OTL. Might change this at a later date, but I still have a whole other costume to make so no time for changing things now! The sailor collar isn't attached yet, neither is the random triangle with the school patch. Still need to sew in the zip for the skirt and modify the shoes but otherwise I am dooone!! Time Taken: 4hrs

12th August 2011

Better references

Desperately trying to find a better quality picture of the school patch, didn't think it would be in the artbook (I have it downloaded) but I looked anyway... And here is an amazing page in the artbook with lots of lovely references of not only the patch but the glasses, Yosuke's headphones, Kanji's tattoo and Chie's badges too... PERSONA 4 ARTBOOK, I LOVE YOU <3 With a reference as clear as that, I could work out the line order easily. Although my mum told me what it meant in Chinese anyway, apparently it means high. Might be the same in Japanese, might not be. Makes sense though, considering it's a high school uniform, idk.

12th August 2011

Embroidery test

Not sure if I like it?? The thickness of the thread is fine and I might go over the gaps in white paint so that you can't see any black. But not sure if I should scrap the embroidery altogether and just paint the patch on or keep it and paint the gaps. Hmmmm, not sure!! Going to test embroidering the kanji on scrap fabric first but most importantly, I need to know what it is XD. I can't figure out the order of lines until I know the character, I can guess what the character is but I'm going to ask my mum to be sure. -so glad it's in Kanji rather than Hiragana or Katakana orz- Time Taken: 1hr

11th August 2011

Reference for patch

For anyone that's reading this and wants to know where I'm getting the reference for the school patch for, here it is. Thankfully the girls uniform don't have the kanji under the patch, makes things a helluva lot easier!! I'm using medium thickness hand embroidery thread for the circle and then for the teeny tiny kanji at the side I'm using thinner hand embroidery thread (but thicker than machine embroidery thread). For the embroidery on the top it'll be the same medium thickness hand embroidery thread. Luckily I already had some thinner embroidery thread so that saved on costs! It came with my sewing kit we bought ages ago, never had to use it though so I still have some :3

11th August 2011

Tie and sailor collar

Bought some yellow cotton (not actually cotton - craft cotton I think? Not as thick as cotton drill but thicker than cotton -shrug-) as well as some yellow thread and decided to get this over and done with. Yellow tie is two layers. It's a rectangle which goes into a triangle at the ends if that makes any sense at all! I wasn't quite sure how the tie was folded but it looked like it was folded in half, tied around like a normal tie and then it fans out at the end which is sort of how I've tried to make it. It's a bit long but I can pin it shorter once the collar is sewn onto the top. Sailor collar not quite done yet, gotta switch the thread on the machine so that I can sew the two layers together. But I've sewn the yellow cotton onto it - wanted the tie and collar detailing to match so I just cut one long rectangle again for the detailing. Time Taken: 1hr

10th August 2011

Base top 100%

This really is not my best school uniform. Would have been so much better if I had used a fabric like polycotton drill (like Haine - Gentlemen's Alliance) which I prefer for outfits like this but I just didn't have much money on me and I had this black cotton already on hand so I just used this. Oh well, maybe when I have more money I will remake (or buy the costume XD) but it's fine for now. Has been hemmed since I took the picture, I just put it on the mannequin (doesn't belong to me btw XD - Charlie take it back sometime!!) so that I can see how much off the end I should chop off as it wasn't symmetrical. Thought I'd take a picture whilst it was on it rather than a webcam picture of me :P Also took a picture of my crappy invisible zip, I think it will look better when I iron the thing! I couldn't go to Fabric Land in Bristol today so had to go to Exeter fabric stores instead... ZIPS ARE AS EXPENSIVE AS TAUNTON THERE, WTFFFF. They can't even use monopoly as an excuse as there are loads of shops in Exeter, woeeeee. (Polycotton is 30p cheaper though LOL) Hopefully going to work on the sailor collar next, trying to do as much work involving black fabric as possible so that I don't have to keep changing the thread, I'm lazy like that :P Time Taken: 1hr

9th August 2011

Top 40%

I'm a bit of a failtard, and it took quite a bit to get this fitted right. Which is strange, because I've made -plenty- of school uniform jackets like this before. Hey ho this serves me right for not recording down the patterns I make and using guess work every single time LOL OTL. Basic body shape cut out into two panels, darts going down the front (maybe the back later once I sew on the sleeves) and fitted sleeves sewn on. There's an invisible zip at the side where hand is. First time using the proper (what I think is an) invisible zipper foot. I'm not sure if it is a proper invisible zipper foot because it just looks like a standard one but I have two slightly different ones that came with my machine so I'm assuming this is the invisible zipper one, despite looking very slightly different to the ones used online :P Either way I don't think it made a massive difference compared to a normal zipper foot but hey ho, I got my zip sewn in! I do have the other sleeve but I cut it too small by accident so I gotta cut out another one. Thankfully I still have lots of black fabric left otherwise I'd be screwed :'D Time Taken: 2hrs???

19th July 2011

Wig test 2~

Wheee, I washed it with conditioner (Herbel Essences coconut - smells nice now too 8D) and it's so nice and silky now! The ends feel nicer, they're ever so slightly frizzy still but they won't need another wash for a while. I styled it up into pigtails quickly using hair grips, they're uneven so I gotta do them again OTL. But it's just so much nicer now, not tangled in the slightest~ I'll post better quality pictures when I upload them from my camera. I just couldn't help but camera spack now 8'D Time Taken: 1hr

17th July 2011

Detangling the wig

Wheeee I'm actually pretty proud. It was unbelievably tangled when I got it (Seller told me in advance) but I hadn't the time to detangle it up until now. It's a bit frizzy at the ends but I haven't used the hot water trick yet as I obviously had to detangle the thing first. It looks so nice now~ Took a mixture of finger combing it first to loosen up the curls and then I basically attacked it with a comb and brush (Lost the comb OTLL) followed by more finger combing. The curls have turned into waves but that's good because Rise's hair is more wavy than curley. As soon as I pour hot water over it I'll put it back up into pigtails and hopefully it'll look nicer :3 Wish I took a before picture, oh well. Time Taken: 1hr

14th December 2010


Just need to iron the pleats and sew in a zip... Kinda sewed this on a whim cause I wanted to change the thread colour but seeing as the black was already there I thought may as well make use of it! I think flash makes the skirt look plain grey (not to mention I've resized it by 25% xD) so I took a picture of the skirt fabric close up. I want a bigger snaggle tooth print but it's either really expensive or hiding from me D8, Fabric Land website lieees! But hey, I got this for £2 cause it was in the off cuts bin, and I have plenty to make Winter Uni Naoto as well! I basically box pleated, hemmed and sewed on a waistband to it. It's the neatest waistband I have ever made, I am proud 8D I thank snaggle tooth fabric being reeeally easy to sew with cause it's easy to follow the lines LOL. Time Taken: 1hr Those socks are actually knee high socks that were pulled up to my thighs... I do have proper thigh high socks, I just don't know where they've disappeared to D:

21st November 2010

Wig test

Styled the wig! Well it was styled ages ago, but I was in a really big cosplay mood and felt like doing a wig test with Rise! I think I need more of a fringe, cutting time!

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