For fabric I actually bought some of the fabrics they recommended in one of their blog posts - very helpful! Especially when ordering online. Descriptions of stretch % can be greatly exaggerated depending on the source. So I started with this charcoal stretch twill from Mood fabrics. This fabric feels amazing. It is quite heavy but with a ton of stretch. Great to sew and very comfortable on. Mood's description about varying color is very accurate - when I took it out of the box, I thought, "oh, it's more brown". While sewing it, I was convinced it was indeed charcoal. When I stepped outside to photograph them wearing black shoes, it looked brown! I give up. If Mood sold this in black or navy I would buy 20 yards of it to wear forever, but this color is confusing...
These were pretty quick to sew. I've made pants before - beaucoup de pantalons, for Tim. It's not the construction I was avoiding, it was the fit issues that I knew I would have to deal with. The instructions are quite good except for their method of installing the fly front. It was merde. I tried it their way, hated it, ripped it out and used my preferred method. I also find it slightly odd to do the fly after the fronts and backs are attached; I usually do the front in its entirety, then the back, then put them together, which also makes it easier to tweak the fit. So for my second pair I changed the order of construction. Other than the fly, it is a very well done pattern.
The only modification I made was to not interface the waistband. They're very snug pants and I thought it would be more comfortable, and so far no regrets.
My first pair - LOVE them. Love them. They fit pretty perfectly. The high waist was great in terms of avoiding the gaping I usually get at my back waist. I immediately decided to make 6 more pair!
Pics! My backyard was under construction so these are kind of crappy pics from my doorway, but they'll do.