Pangolin brought up a point that I was thinking about:
I assume he means that it's too long in terms of the total length of the coat down my legs, given my proportions.
Does anybody else think that the coat looks too long on me?
Like I've said before, there are way too many incredible coats coming down the pipe to ever settle for one. There will soon be another that you think is absolutely perfect that you won't be able to afford/find space for if you get this one. So if you're on the fence, always return it. Also, borderline too big is much better than borderline too small. If you gain a little weight that will be the end of it.
Not to mention that the sleeves are too long as well.
That is true. Too many good things out there!
I have since shipped it back. Seems like Size 4 I tried on beforehand worked best for me after all, at least fit-wise.
Sleeves on the Merino/Memory are an easy alteration for tailors to do since there is no vent involved. I had the sleeves easily shortened on my Merino from NMWA last fall by 1.5". The only thing you may want to pay attention to is where the sleeve hits compared to the pockets. If you shorten the sleeve so it hits above the pockets, it will look out of balance.
But, yes....that Memory looks too tight on you across the body, which no alteration can really fix.
Would a tailor be able to preserve the buttons? Given how long the sleeves are relative to my short arms, I assumed that the buttons would have to go if I went to get it altered.