I generally try to improve my techniques with each task I complete. With my second lapel, I decided I needed to work on the appearance of my pad stitching by hiding the knots and thread tales between the layers of wool and hair canvas. This may sound slightly obsessive, since the stitching is hidden inside the coat, but a hallmark of good tailoring is neat handstitches. ("Like they were made by little mice!")
Here's the messy one. Eek!
And the tidy one. Much better, though my next pad stitching goal is to make my stitches more consistent.
Hiding your thread knots is easy to do: just start and stop each length of stitching between the fashion fabric and hair canvas, rather than on top of it.