The number one question is usually regarding printing the patterns, especially the larger ones that don’t fit on a single page. Here is the simple solution. First, install this free Foxit PDF Reader
Next, when you print the pattern, just make sure you print tiled pages. As long as you have your printer set up properly it should compensate for the margins accordingly. The benefit of using this method over pre-scaled, already chopped patterns, is you can actually scale and resize the patterns by percentage, which is rather important for things like armor where the end user can vary drastically! Visit the scale armor tutorial at this time mark to see a walk through. https://youtu.be/1OsqhhrutEk?t=141
The reason behind this approach is to allow universal fit options. All patterns can be scaled using this approach instead of having one fixed size. See each video for additional tips and suggestions regarding fit.
Another common question along the same lines is regarding how to know how to scale the patterns to fit. This can be a complex answer, but also a simple one. The simple answer? Print at 100% scale unless you can already tell it will be too small or large (like if you are smaller or larger than a ‘typical’ body frame) and then make a paper mockup using the patterns and scale up or down from there. Most patterns will have adjustment potential so it shouldn’t be too hard to hit the fit sweet spot pretty easily. Also, each video tutorial will generally share relevant sizing info specific to the piece.
When a tutorial is available it is added to the individual product page for each component or pattern item. In the case of bundles, see each individual component product for the direct
For some new patterns and pre-orders the video tutorials may be coming at a later date.
Also note that additional help in the form of ad-free courses and supplementary blog style instruction breakdown as well as more info on tool recommendations and more are all being developed and will be made available as soon as possible.
Additional Important Tips
Number one tip: Watch and understand the video tutorials! A lot of time has been spent to pack the video tutorials full of important information and all of the Fantasy Armor tutorials are free on YouTube and include many crafting tips and techniques and design options in each video that can be used in other projects even if it is not in that series.
Support is limited at this time as frankly I am the only one able to both make the new content for the Academy, and answer your questions. I do respond to every email but please be patient if you have questions and please do your best to become familiar with the content as probably 95% of all questions are answered in the videos already.
Always make a mockup (paper or otherwise) of wearable patterns before committing to materials. It doesn’t have to be a complete functional mockup either, just tape up the pieces in a way where you can assess general fit and proportions at the very least.
Read the included document with digital downloads. These do need some updates and details added but they should cover quite a few of the questions that have been coming through.
It doesn’t hurt to post your questions on the youtube tutorial videos, especially the new ones. I try to reply to all posts at least the first couple of days but it does get away from me after a bit, admittedly.
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