These were very rough when I took them out of the package. I washed them to see if that would help. It helped a little bit, but not much. After some googling, I put my washer on pre-soak and soaked the jeans in white vinegar and let it sit for 30 min. Then I washed on a quick setting and added fabric softener. When I took them out, they didn't smell like vinegar. I dried them on low and WOW! What a difference! Now they are nice and soft and I feel comfortable giving to my daughter to wear. She's 7.5 about 50th percentile, and we got the 6x size - it's perfect, and it also has an adjustable waist band with buttons if you need it.