|On the message board, in a thread on how to make things look less homemade in the bad way, the issue of puckered seams kept coming up. This problem, as Georgene pointed out, is especially problematic in those lightweight, silky polyesters. And those fabrics can be so seductive. The colors are brilliant, and they drape nicely (altho they don't breathe, and they can retain odor).
So what's a girl to do, once she's been seduced?
This is just one of those things that is best discussed with those who are older and wiser. Seduction is nothing to kid around about. You can get stuck in quite the puckered situation.
Sandra Betzina told me, since she's my buddy, that the way to handle this is to cut the pattern pieces slightly off-grain. I know it's something that we've all been taught is morally wrong in the sewing world. However, in this situation, the bit of bias will give your fabric a tad of stretch, and you won't have the same problem with puckered seams.
Or you could use the differential feed on your serger. In truth, this is what I do, because, of course, I would NEVER cut anything even slightly off-grain. Perish the thought. :)