This is a major alteration requiring the removal of the sleeves and collar. The moment you do this, the foreparts will open up and you will get the appearance of more cut away at the fronts. The reason for the closed appearance of the front is the short front balance. The same alteration will also lower the button stand of the front as well. I would not increase the cut away at front or shorten the coat until the balance problems are corrected.
Thanks for the link Sator, but I couldn't decipher the detailed tailoring literature to see what this major alteration you're referring to is? just letting out at the side seams?
also, I'm wearing a very high almost edwardian collar in those pics which is why it's showing so much... the jacket's collar is actually sufficiently high I believe.
Edited by Svenn, 10 August 2010 - 08:38 PM.