There are many methods, but it depends on a few factors which will determine which route should you take.
1. How much are you willing to spend?
2. How patient are you?
3. Can you generate a computer 3D model?
These three questions will determine which route of armor crafting you should take.
When in doubt, just take the next small step.
With that next step take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
When the mind is calm you realize the best is still yet to come.