MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 63 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 #63, the “Ava”, another brand new wide brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 2 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-63HatsI am a big fan of the old movie stars. Some of my favorites are Judy Garland, Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner.

I am also a big fan of polka dots. Over the years I have created many polka dot hats for customers – big dots, little dots, black on white dots, pink on brown dots, white on navy dots, black on red dots – every combination and size that you can possibly imagine!

To kick off the new 2015 Derby Hat Collection,  I thought it might be fun to combine my passion for some of the old-time movie starlets with my passion for polka dots!

I got started by fashioning a 17-inch hat foundation in black and white polka dot fabric, adding a red silk organza ruffled layer to the outer brim edge for added drama and dimension.

Blog-AvaDer191-001BI then took red silk organza and handcrafted a large rose curl, adding scrumptious  red satin leaves to frame it.

Blog-AvaDer191-001CNext, I created a sash out of red satin, laid it around the crown and added a matching red button for the final accent.

Blog-AvaDer191-001EI am now pleased to present the new “Ava” chapeau, ready for her Red Carpet debut at the 141st Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs!

Blog-AvaDer191-001DFor more views of the “Ava” hat design shown above, please visit the Ava Der191-001 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 63 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 62 Derby chapeaux and 62 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – What are the expensive box seats at Churchill Downs called where on Derby Day one can often spot celebrities and the well-to-do?

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 – 64 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 #64, “Jamie”, a wide brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 2 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-64HatsYears ago I created the original “Jamie” style for a mother of the groom’s wedding celebration.

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I also created a custom Jamie several years ago that a lady wore to the Kentucky Oaks. This year I wanted to create an updated version of this Oaks chapeau to give her a fresh look for the Pink Out Day celebrations at Churchill Downs.

I fashioned a 17-inch hat foundation in white dupioni silk and added a white silk organza layer to the brim edge, topstitching it with fancy white braiding.

Blog-JamieDer140-004A I then took a hot pink organza and fashioned a large Marguerite using the organza for the petals and adding hot pink shantung for the center rose curl.

Blog-JamieDer140-004B Next, I created a sash out of hot pink shantung and laid it around the crown, adding a matching hot pink button for the final accent.Blog-JamieDer140-004HOur new “Jamie” chapeau is ready for the Run for the Lilies at the Kentucky Oaks!

Blog-JamieDer140-004EBlog-JamieDer140-004FFor more views of the “Jamie” hat design shown above, please visit the Jamie Der40-004 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 64 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 63 Derby chapeaux and 63 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – What is the track distance of the 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 – 65 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 #65, the “Andrea”, a medium size Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-65HatsI recently created a collection of carriage driving hats for women to wear for their carriage driving competitions. One of my favorite hats in the collection is the “Meg” chapeau.

Blog-MegSMM86-001AI love the 2-layer brim of the Meg, and I thought that it might be fun to create a Derby rose-trimmed version for this year’s Derby Hat Collection.

I also wanted to create this design to reflect a very special member of my family from St. Louis named Andrea. Andrea was born on the Fourth of July and she loves her family, her beautiful gardens and historic Williamsburg.

For the foundation of the hat I began with a navy blue and white dupioni silk base, alternating the blue and the white silks to give the design a feeling of elegance and style.

Blog-AndreaDer188-001EFor the trim centerpiece I created a single large red rose out of alternating layers of red dupioni silk and silk organza, adding a medley of spring and lime green taffeta leaves. To frame the rose, I crafted a double bow out of navy shantung, adding a bit of red hat veiling to make it pop!

Blog-AndreaDer188-001BFinally, I fashioned a sash out of navy shantung, folded it in half and placed it around the crown. A single red button to the back of the hat added just the right finishing touch.

Blog-AndreaDer188-001GI stood back and saw she really was stunning; my new Derby chapeau was more than ready for the Run for the Roses, inspired by the sweet spirit of a woman  whom I am so proud to call my sister!

Blog-AndreaDer188-001FFor more views of the “Andrea” hat design shown above, please visit the Andrea Der188-001 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 65 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 64 Derby chapeaux and 64 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Who actually named the Derby 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 – 66 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 #66, the “Mykele’s Cinco de Mayo”, a medium size Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-66HatsYears ago a woman named Mykele wrote to me at Derby time with a custom hat request. She loved the “Lizzie” Derby style from my Collection, but wondered if I could create it in the colors of the Cinco de Mayo holiday which coincided with the Derby that year.  I loved the idea and thought the colors would be stunning with the Lizzie.

Blog-LizzieDer57-001AFor the foundation of the hat I began with a rich black dupioni silk base. I wanted to capture the traditional Cinco de Mayo colors of red, yellow and green throughout the design and the black base was the perfect stage for them. I began by alternating black and red silk organza brim layers and added a bit of extra wave and “kick” to them to reflect the great tradition of dance and music associated with the holiday.

Blog-MykelesCincodeMayoI fashioned a sash out of bright yellow dupioni silk, softly gathering the fabric and adding a red button to the back of the hat.

Blog-MykelesCincodeMayoKFor the trim centerpiece I created two rose curls out of red chiffon and framed them with dark green shantung leaves. I stood back and saw she really was stunning; Mykele’s new chapeau was ready for the Derby, inspired by the magic and colorful splendor of Cinco de Mayo!

Blog-MykelesCincodeMayoHFor more views of the “Mykele’s Cinco de Mayo” hat design shown above, please visit the Mykele’s Cinco de Mayo Der62-001 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 66 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 65 Derby chapeaux and 65 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – What is the track distance of the Kentucky Derby?

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally

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