YEP. I would go about it the same way Touchmon is talking about. If I start from scratch, I'll still cut my shirt pattern in half anyways and attach them together later (sleeves and collar of course would be separate too). Yeah, personally the only way I see is that's pretty much the only way to go on about it. Good luck now!
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Cai Wenji (Dynasty Warriors 8) | Horou (Toukiden Kiwami) | Lu Yan'er (JX3/JianWang3)?
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