MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 1 of 101

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The Derby Hat Countdown continues featuring 101 Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today we are featuring Hat #1, our final hat in the Countdown, the “Cheryl’s Liza”, a wide brim design found in Derby Hat Salon 1.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-1HatsThe process of creating a custom chapeau is something that I simply love!

Last Derby season a good customer named Cheryl asked if I would create a wide brim hat to match a hot pink lace dress that she had found for the Kentucky Oaks. She wanted a design that would include all of the trim elements of the Liza Der134-113 which she loved.

Blog-LizaDer13-113DCheryl sent me a photo of the dress and I pulled together a swatch sheet of fabrics that matched. I always stress to my custom hat customers they need to see the fabrics in person as computer monitors often translate colors differently. The mailing of swatches is time well spent in creating the perfect Derby chapeau.

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When Cheryl received the swatches she found that the creamy champagne dupioni would make the perfect foundation color for her “Liza’s” hot pink trimmings.

I began by creating a nearly 18-inch hat foundation in creamy champagne dupioni silk.

Blog-CherylsLizaDer13-001F-Web.MedThe Marguerite centerpiece was created out of hot pink organza for the petals with a creamy champagne silk rose curl center.

Blog-CherylsLizaDer13-001E-Web.MedA medley of creamy champagne silk and shantung leaves and bow loops in glistening hot pink organza were added frame the Marguerite and make it pop!

Blog-CherylsLizaDer13-001D-Web.MedA hot pink taffeta sash was stitched into place and layer upon layer of hot pink tulle were wrapped and gathered around the crown. A hot pink button on the back provided the finishing touch.

Blog-CherylsLizaDer13-001H-Web.MedBlog-CherylsLizaDer13-001I-Web.MedI think you’ll agree that Cheryl’s custom Liza chapeau was the perfect topper for her lovely hot pink dress on Kentucky Oaks Day!

For more views and details about the Cheryl’s Liza chapeau shown above, please visit the Cheryl’s Liza hat webpage.

And don’t forget to visit our Derby Hat Collection offering four new Derby hat salons this year featuring Big Brims, Extra Wide Brims, Flappers/Medium Brims, Fascinators, Cocktail Hats and Cloches.

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Season 2 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Who was the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Oaks?

The answer can be found at the following link – Derby Hats.

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 2 of 101

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The Derby Hat Countdown continues featuring 101 Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today we are featuring Hat #2, the “Liza”, a wide brim design found in Derby Hat Salon 1.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-2HatsI have a fondness for the Liza. It was one of my earliest designs for the Derby Hat Collection and for a long time it was my widest brim. Measuring approximately 17″ end to end, there is something about the Liza that makes her easy to wear and  love. And this style has many, many different “looks” as you can see if you pop into Salon 1 of the Derby Hat Collection

The Liza Der13-113 was the result of a customer’s request for a classic wide brim style that would be suitable not only for the Derby but also for weddings and fancy teas. Created in silver dupioni silk and trimmed with a single jumbo navy silk organza Marguerite, navy and charcoal silk bow loops and deep blue tulle, I think you’ll agree that this grand Lady is simply scrumptious and fits the bill for just about any occasion, including the Derby!

Blog-LizaDer13-113FBlog-LizaDer13-113GFor more views and details about the Liza Der13-113 chapeau shown above, please visit the Liza hat webpage.

And don’t forget to visit our Derby Hat Collection offering four new Derby hat salons this year featuring Big Brims, Extra Wide Brims, Flappers/Medium Brims, Fascinators, Cocktail Hats and Cloches.

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 2 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 1 Derby chapeau and 1 day to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Why is the Kentucky Derby also known as “The Run for the Roses”?

The answer can be found at the following link – Derby Hats.

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally

 

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 3 of 101

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The Derby Hat Countdown continues featuring 101 Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today we are featuring Hat #3, the “Annabelle Lee”, a medium brim Derby hat design found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-3HatsThe inspiration for Annabelle Lee was my Annabelle Derby design, a fan favorite for the Derby, Kentucky Oaks and fancy teas, with a distinctive “butterfly wings” brim.

Blog-AnnabelleDer7-003-B-2I wanted something different for the new Annabelle Lee design that would be similar in shape to the Annabelle but with a wider brim for a bolder look.

I began with deep plum dupioni silk, fashioning an Annabelle hat base with a slightly larger brim, yet making sure it kept the same “butterfly wings” that are part of Annabelle’s magic.

Blog-AnnabelleLeeDer180-001AFor the centerpiece I fashioned a rose curl out of alternating layers of deep purple shantung and silk organza. I framed the rose with plum orchid taffeta leaves and a matching sash. A clear plum purple bead button adorns the back seam.

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Blog-AnnabelleLeeDer180-001GI stood back and realized the finished chapeau had achieved everything I’d hoped for which included the romantic flair of the original Annabelle, but with a brim that could be turned up for lots of attitude. This lady is definitely ready to make her debut on the grand stages of the Kentucky Derby and Royal Ascot!

Blog-AnnabelleLeeDer180-001CFor more views of the “Annabelle Lee” hat design shown above, please visit the Annabelle Lee Der10-001 webpage at maggiemae.com.

And don’t forget to visit our Derby Hat Collection offering four new Derby hat salons this year featuring Big Brims, Extra Wide Brims, Flappers/Medium Brims, Fascinators, Cocktail Hats and Cloches.

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 3 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 2 Derby chapeaux and 2 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – What famous racehorse still holds the record for the fastest Derby time?

The answer can be found at the following link – Derby Hats.

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally

 

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 4 of 101

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The Derby Hat Countdown continues featuring 101 Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today we are featuring Hat #4, the “Sojen’s Corinne” wide brim chapeau that is found in Salon 2 of the Derby Hat Collection at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-4Hats Several years ago, a lady named Jen contacted me regarding a custom Derby hat design. She told me that she had fallen in love with my “Corinne” Derby hat.

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Jen had found a beautiful pink and chocolate brown print dress that she liked and wondered if I could recreate the original Corinne in a warm ivory silk with chocolate trims. The result was a luscious new Corinne wide brim design in ivory dupioni silk trimmed with a chocolate organza Marguerite, matching brown satin sash, tulle and buttons.

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Jen was thrilled when she received her chapeau. I asked her what she would like to name the new hat design. She promptly replied, “Sojen’s Corinne” in honor of her gorgeous Canadian Warmblood named Sojen.

I received an email from Jen when she was en route to the Derby. She told me that she never let the hat out of her sight for one minute, even on the plane. She and her Sojen’s Corinne were clearly on their way to the Derby adventure of a lifetime!

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For more views of the Sojen’s Corinne chapeau shown above, please visit the Sojen’s Corinne hat webpage.

And don’t forget to visit our Derby Hat Collection offering four new Derby hat salons this year featuring Big Brims, Extra Wide Brims, Flappers/Medium Brims, Fascinators, Cocktail Hats and Cloches.

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 4 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 3 Derby chapeaux and 3 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Affirmed is our last Triple Crown winner in 1978. Name his arch rival in all 3 races.

The answer can be found at the following link – Derby Hats.

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally

 

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