A friend and I sew capes of silk: satin, brochade, taffeta, and velvet. My worst experience sewing is a project we are involved in currently over a 2 year period. We needed to construct a silk, gold velvet cape. Since we could not find gold velvet, the manager of the silk store where we customarily purchase our silks suggested that we purchase white velvet and have it dyed gold at a company that dyes fabric for the studios of Hollywood, CA. Since he was familiar with the company and the process, we trusted his advice. We purchased 6 yards of white silk velvet and had it dyed at the company suggested. When we picked up the end product the velvet was limp and stretchy. My friend had sewn on silk velvet before without incident. I had no velvet experience.
Our difficulty is that we cannot seem to get a smooth seam, one or both sides of each seam ripples. We have basted, pinned, hand sewn as well as machine sewn, still unable to get a flat seam. We have ripped out seams numerous times. Does anyone have experience with a problem of this nature and how did you solve it?