Simplicity 1716: knit top with cowl neck

Simplicity 1716
Simplicity 1716

This is my second versionof Simplicity 1716. I blogged about the first version here. This time around I used a heavier weight cotton jersey. I decided rather than doing a sway back adjustment I would make the bust and arms a size smaller, and go up a size over the hips. I think this has resolved the issue of excess fabric in the back.

Simplicity 1716
Simplicity 1716

The first version of this top had a twisty neck detail. This version has a cowl neck. I do wish the cowl was perhaps slightly lower…if I make again I might try and adjust this.

Simplicity 1716
Simplicity 1716

I also cut this version at the tunic length (mid length of pattern options). A much better length for me!

Simplicity 1716
Simplicity 1716

All in all, this is fast becoming one of my favourite patterns. I do need some new casual tops to wear with jeggings etc, and this pattern, with its choice of lengths, necks and sleeves is brilliant! Expect to be bored with at least one more version 🙂

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

14 thoughts on “Simplicity 1716: knit top with cowl neck

  1. I bought this pattern because of your first review, and now I like this second top even better. Looks great, especially with those red pants!

  2. I liked the first top you made from this pattern, and I love this one. I’m seriously putting this pattern on my list of those I want. I quite like the higher cowl, but I’m sure it would look great lowered a bit too.

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