Maybe it's the ideas in your head that you need to change. Taking in a jacket waist 1.5" is a lot, and neither of these jackets need that much suppression if any at all. I'd say they are fine as is: they have shape in the waist, but still drape nicely. If you take in the waists 1.5", I'm betting you'll have some unsightly wrinkling/pulling.
As for the DB jacket, it looks rather short, as the jacket length is barely longer than the sleeve length. I'm guessing this is intentional, though.