It was almost unbearably tight at first, but they do stretch out pretty darn fast.
I have come to learn that I don't like tight or restrictive jeans, so on my next pair i will only size down 1.
everybody is different.
2) The quality has decreased somewhat throughout the line in the last year or so, definitely. There were some missed stitches and the denim seems to be fraying near the hem (where the bunched leg brushes against the other when walking) earlier than my older NS. And the "old" standards and Anglaises seemed more durable still.
3) The new "Straights" still say "Rescue" on the tag. APC has some wires crossed, permanently, it seems.
This is kind of a general fit question:
For those that have sized down 2 or 3 sizes, I understand that the waist will stretch quite a bit, plus there is the vanity sizing. For those that started out with jeans where you could not say button up the top button or maybe could barely get it buttoned, how did the jeans fit at the thighs before stretching? ie was the fit in the legs and thighs comfortable but the waist too small, which later stretched?
This. It comes up time and again, and I'm still baffled as to how people are squiggling into their little petite jeans, it's pretty ridiculous. It really all depends on your body type--judging by those that fit into 27, 28, and 29s, their entire bodies are likely to be a lot skinnier and more probably fitting when it comes to how the PS/PNS are supposed to fit according to proportions. But when bigger guys like myself, (true waist 33), our proportions are less scaled to the PS/PNS, so if you are looking to wear those fits, you're almost certainly going to have to size closer to TTS, or I would personally say at most 1 size down. The limiting factor with the PS/PNS is usually the top block--I can fit two hands in my PNS 33, but my top block and thighs barely fit comfortably.
So when it comes down to it--it's hard to say until you put them on. But, you can "guess" with some more reliable results if you evaluate your body type before you purchase.