Well..I am not answering your Q because I don't know..but it made me think of the baby Dolly Varden.(which always makes me think of Dolly Parton..do you spose her real name is Dolly Varden Parton..lol) That was some kind of material or something that was very popular. I wonder if that was a popular name for babies back then. Laura mentioned it two different times...surely she noticed this.
delaine: (French: “of wool”), any high-grade woolen or worsted fabric made of fine combing wool. Delaine was originally a high-quality women's wear dress material.
The word delaine is still applied to a staple all-wool fabric made in plain weave and of compact structure. Delaine sheep, a Merino type, are raised in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Poland, and to a lesser extent in France.
But that was all I could read without a membership.
Well what a shame that you posted those in July & I am just now looking @ them! Some of the dresses are really beautiful!!! One of them was green & looked just like the dress Scarlett made from curtains in Gone With the Wind...lol
Ora, Did you notice that on the site you gave the link for there is a section titled 'fashion in literature' which has several excerpts from LH books? This got me thinking about Laura and clothes and how often they're mentioned in the books, right from her braid trimmed dress in LHITBW through to her wedding preparations. I'm sure you've read about how Laura loved to dress stylishly in later life (always wearing gloves and hat to town) and I wonder if this was partly a reaction to a limited wardrobe as a girl. Looking at some of those reception dresses, afternoon dresses and evening gowns it's no wonder the Ingalls girls pored over Ma's Godey's Ladies Book - it must have seemed like another world. Oh, and I always remember the description of Mary's college dress which obviously made a lasting impression on Laura.
Yes, there are many good descriptions of clothes in Laura's books. My favorites are in the later ones, Little Town on the Prairie, Happy Golden Years, being those ones. I think they are described very well in those books.