How to Choose Your Size

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.

Onyx: Choose a size

Helpful links in case you need an FBA:

When do you need a Full Bust Adjustment ?

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)

FBA on Onyx crop top

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!

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  1. My shoulder is only 14″ and bust C bust. How do I pick a size? Do I pick a small size for shoulders and do a FBA. Do I get a size to fit my bust and then do adjustment for narrow shoulders and figure out the sleeve somehow? Thanks for your reply.

    1. Hi Barbara, the best solution is to fit the shoulders and adjust for the bust. This is a much easier adjustment than the shoulders and sleeves.

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