Hello, everyone. I hope this is the right forum for this, sorry.
I am planning to cosplay AIKA from .hack//Link and I am having trouble interpreting what two parts of her dress are supposed to be.
First, the bodice part appears to have a front center seam of some sort? It just seems weird to me for a dress to have a seam there. Is that maybe supposed to be a busk closure or something? Second, on the skirt part, there are lines going down the center, but I don't think they are supposed to represent material with stripes. Pleats maybe? Textured fabric? Any ideas?
Here is a reference:
Thank you so much in advance!