I have had Simplicity 1716 in my stash for a while (like about 100 other patterns I've yet to sew). I have pulled it out, studied it, been dissuaded by the unsophisticated way it falls from the shoulders in the envelope image, and put it back in the drawer a number of times. I finally decided to use it after discovering some white jersey in my stash. I was overcome with the desire to make a white cowl and resolved not to use New Look 6901 ever again, and desperate for a pattern in my own possession that I could use. Looking at some reviews on Pattern Review and thinking the results people got looked good, I went forward.
Results: Meh. I wore this to work under a sweater (and over an undershirt because the white jersey is transparent), and it was okay. But there is too much foldiness. I accidentally cut out view F, which has extra fabric for ruching at the hips, so those extra folds don't help. But there are pleats with this pattern at the shoulders and at the bust to produce even more folds. The ones at the shoulders are acceptable, but the one at the bust is kind of weird, not because of the fold it produces but because of the pleat that sits at the side of the bust. Seems a dart would be more flattering.
At any rate, I can't see myself making this one again, although I will wear this top until I can manage to replace it with one I like better.