What a lovely fabric denim is. There are sooooo many ways to use denim that whole books have been written just on ways to use and re-use denim. I am so happy with the denim that I have located. Some denims take a lot of washings before they are soft enough to be comfortable This denim is soft right from the start. It is so soft that you can put it through the smocking pleater. I have lovely stripes to coordinate with the denim.