Things I learned while sewing this project:
- It is not a good idea to mix knit and woven fabrics, no matter how lovely they look together. Unless you really feel like pulling your hair out, which I guess I do.
- Do not put the iron directly on velour, or you will end up with an iron-shaped imprint. Let's hope my husband doesn't look at the pocket too closely.
- Overlock the edges of brocade the moment the pieces are cut. Seriously, don't even breathe on them or they will start to shred. The back neck was too sharply curved to overlock, and after sewing the neck/collar seam it was a huge pile of threads.
- Hand sewing can be a very good thing. I tend to rush through projects, especially when I have been working on something for more than a couple hours at a time, and it really pays off to take the time to do things right.
- Do not wear corduroy pants while sewing anything, unless you like to look as if you were rolling around in a pile of threads.
- When your husband asks why there are shiny red threads all over the carpet, tell him you're sewing him a Santa suit to wear on Christmas. He'll stop snooping around the sewing machine!
And that is about it! Hubby's smoking jacket is already wrapped up under our tiny tree. I don't know if I can wait 14 more days for him to open it!!