I recently joined a sew-a-long at Noodle-head.com . Anna is awesome and offered some very helpful tips. I love sew-a-longs, you learn so much from other people and you really do feel a sense of accomplishment when you're done. Unlike sewing on your own, you have a schedule to follow and it keeps you from getting overwhelmed when you run into problems, you can also see how other people do things and learn from them.
I followed Anna's instructions except instead of using view C, I used A and I omitted the belt loops, I made them, but didn't like the way they turned out and I thought it looked better without them. The fabric I used was a light weight corduroy.