Simplicity’s New Look 6816 View B was one of the quickest patterns I’ve sewn recently, even with me making some changes to the construction methods. The top is literally made out of pieces- front, two backs, arm bands, and neck band. I think McCall’s 6400 was the only one I’ve put together faster, and that’s because it literally has 2 pieces.
The fit of this top is kind of blousey, with full sleeves brought in a bit by armbands, and while I do wish it were a few inches longer overall I am very happy with it. My fabric choice was a good one, and the fit is super comfortable. I can definitely see myself making this top again in a different fabric.
The instructions called for the neckband to be attached folded in half and stitched down, and then pressed outward, which would result in a raw edge on the inside. I opted instead to make more work for myself and attach the neck band like it was an edge binding, and did the same with the arm bands. Of course that made me have to practice my stitch in the ditch, which went fairly well, but not as good as it could have. I believe there was a similar treatment given to the arm bands but I honestly didn’t read that far into the directions.With the mods I made and also taking the actual directions into consideration, I can give this pattern a solid five stars in all aspects. This is a great pattern for the beginning sewer to start with, with very little special knowledge needed to put it together and would be even easier if the directions were followed instead of being modified as I did.