I was rummaging through my pattern collection a few weeks ago and stumbled upon Simplicity Pattern 1716, and thought it was about time I made another top from it but maybe a different version, in this blue and white Viscose Jersey Fabric.

This is one I made a couple of years ago in another bold fabric which is lovely, but I fancied one with short sleeves this time around, and more of a T-shirt than dress length.

Settling on view E, it was easy enough to incorporate the sleeve pattern from view F as the armsyces are all the same. I simply shortened it to roughly the length I was after, not forgetting to leave enough for a hem. I managed to cut it easily from a single metre of fabric - bonus!

Cowl necks are a simple piece of pattern engineering and a few well placed pleats are all it takes to create this pretty, feminine neckline.

The viscose jersey is very soft to the touch and drapes extremely well - absolutely perfect for this style.

Even if your pattern doesn't tell you to, ALWAYS add some Stay Tape to the shoulder seams to stop them going out of shape. I learnt this the hard way years ago and now add it to all my knits.

The sleevehead calls for some major easing-in and initially you wonder if all that excess fabric is ever going to sit smoothly in the armsyce. Just look at how much needs to be gathered in!

With the bobbin thread pulled up, the gathers are adjusted evenly and then stitched.

See, it DOES work and not a pucker or tuck in sight!

Definitely a technique to master if you're new to making sleeves, but practise makes perfect and you'll soon get the hang of it.

I trimmed another inch or so off both the hem and the sleeves before top-stitching with my twin needle. Yet again I wished I had a cover stitch machine......

Here's the finished top and, I must say, it's another winner in my book. 

The big print hides the pleats well and doesn't break up the pattern.

The cowl neckline is the perfect depth to my mind, and there is no danger of revealing all when leaning forward.

One thing I don't like is that the back is in two halves with a centre back seam which is hard to hide. As the shaping is here, you can't pattern match. I think a couple of long darts through the waistline would do the job just as well and the interruption to the print wouldn't be as obvious. That said, at least it HAS shaping to your curves - much more flattering than without.

The back neck has a neat facing which is a little fiddly to get just right, but not too bad if you take your time.

With husband away on business and The Boys at school I'm afraid I had to resort to a selfie in the mirror. It's always good to see clothes on a real body though, right?

All in all, I think this is a successful make and the pattern's a keeper not to be thrown out in the next destash. I reckon I'll be making more of these in the future.