Since we started Paprika Patterns back in 2014, we’ve gone through a few size chart updates and variations. Depending on the pattern you’re working with, you’ll see that it has either a size chart that runs from 1-10, 1-13, 1-16, A-F or A-M. The A-M range has a different grading, for non-close fitting patterns.
Because we use two blocks for drafting our patterns, we end up with two sets of patterns after grading. The two blocks are drafted with different proportions, so they cannot be laid on top of each other after they have been graded. The size sets overlap each other in some areas, creating a Burda-like puzzle. We don’t want to give you tracing nightmares so instead we have put the two sets on two pattern sheets.
The disadvantage of this is that if your measurements spread around 6-7-8, you won’t be able to draft between sizes. To solve this problem we have given both sets an extra size. You are now able to choose the right size and draft between sizes if you are in multiple size columns.
Helpful links in case you need an FBA:
Minimal FBA on princess seams (Jasper Sweater/Dress)
Full FBA on princess seams (Jasper Sweater/Dress)
FBA on dartless shirt (Onyx Shirt, Zircon Sweater/Dress)
If you are between sizes, go for the larger one. You can always take it in. Unless you are working with a knit fabric, then you should also take the stretch percentage into account, as explained in the instructions for your pattern.
I hope this makes things clear regarding how to choose a size for any of our patterns. Any thoughts or questions, let me know in the comments!