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You might try bending the collar back against the outward curve. Then mist it, keep it in that position and let it dry. That is the way I usually train unruly collars and lapels.
And there is a very good practical reason for not buttoning the bottom button: It keeps stress off of the thread when seated. I will say though, that when I was in NYC, the bottom button would be left undone while seated on the subway, but when I got out in the 18 degree weather, that button would be closed as well, with the collar put up against the cold and the wind. Just seems warmer to have the collar up, even when out of the wind on the subway. I never really...
Looks like a good fit to me. Try misting the collar to get wrinkles out. Don't worry that it looks boxy when unbuttoned; peacoats aren't made to be worn that way. Use a one way fabric brush to clean it. The brush will have two sides, each side will be for brushing one way. But first get it dry cleaned. That will get rid of any unwanted bugs, and will give the coat a very nice finish. Is the tag size a 36? Surprised to see a WWII coat with a p2p measurement that...
Sleeve length is OK, torso length may be a bit short. Hard to tell from the pictures, though. As long as it covers your butt it is OK.
I have found that people with slight builds seldom find an issue peacoat to properly fit them. Perhaps one of the civilian makers who offer an extra small size might be a better fit.
I took a look at this jacket. It isn't a surplus coat, and it isn't made by Sterlingwear.If you haven't already, take a look at my peacoat dating guide which is linked to in my signature line below. it will tell you how to distinguish the issue peacoats from the civilian copies.
Current US Navy pea coats aren't sold in civilian brick and mortar stores. Nor are they available in small, medium and large sizes. What is probably being sold is a civilian version of the peacoat.Fitting of civilian "pea coats" is all over the board. Probably best you go in person to see how they fit. To give you an idea of proper fit, see the guide linked to in my signature line below. The fitting section is toward the end.
Yes, I have had that done before. Can't remember what the tailor called it (maybe a bias?), but in construction it is called "scabbing on." Worked well and allowed the sleeves to be extended an inch or so, which is all I needed.
If you don't like the color, or something else about the coat, exchange it now before it is too late. The Authentic should have that black (or almost black) color and might be just a bit more fitted than the Navigator. The Authentic is fitted about the same as the current issue peacoats.
It is quicker if I fix it myself.It's OK to go through the lining of the peacoat, but you should not go through the pocket to the inside of the coat. Sew through the shell into the pocket, but not through it. A thimble is necessary when sewing through the heavy material of a peacoat.See this link for instructions and a video. Make sure you follow the instructions to make a shank in the thread.http://www.wikihow.com/Sew-a-Button
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