MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 13 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 #13, the “Trisha’s Zophie” found in Salon 4 of the Derby Hat Collection at maggiemae.com…

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-13Hats-Web.LgCustom millinery is my specialty and I love working with customers who have a creative vision. A wonderful woman named Trisha found me. Her son was getting married and she wondered if my “Zophie” fascinator style could be customized to complement a green dress she had found and absolutely loved.

Blog-ZophieDer89-001ATrisha sent me a swatch of the green dress fabric as well as a photo of a woodland scene, “Spring Bluebells in England,” showing a forest floor covered in a lovely carpet of bold purple flowers with bright green leaves. Trisha said that these were the wedding colors that she would like incorporated into the trimmings.

To begin, I found the perfect green print brocade to match the dress for the foundation of the hat.

Blog-TrishasZophieDer89-002G-Web.LgTo capture the colors in Trisha’s photo, I found a plummy purple organza and a shantung silk which I mixed for the rose curl centerpiece. Next I found shantung silk, organza and taffeta in bright spring greens for the variegated leaves.  Purple French ribbons, clear buttons, veiling and tulle provided the finishing touches for a chapeau inspired by English bluebells and Trisha’s creative vision.

Blog-DerbyHatCTDown-TrishasZophieDer89-002DI was so pleased with the finished design that I decided to add her to my 2014 Derby Hat Collection!

Blog-TrishasZophieDer89-002E-Web.LgFor more views of the Trisha’s Zophie chapeau shown above, please visit the Trisha’s Zophie 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 13 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 12 Derby chapeaux and 12 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Name the Team Valor colt who won the 2011 Derby as a 3-year-old and the 2014 Dubai World Cup as a 5-year-old.

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 – 14 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 #14, the “Poppy” wide brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-14Hats People have always said that the Kentucky Derby is all about the hats. I would add that it is still and always will be about the horses as well. A while back, I wrote a blog about how I created the “Poppy” hat to celebrate all of the wonderful horses in our lives and to thank them for the many ways in which they serve and inspire us.

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I fashioned the Poppy out of a white dupioni silk with a rich red dupioni silk underbrim to frame the face.

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The Poppy hat is trimmed with three delicate poppies created in red silk organza with black silk organza centers and leaves. A sash was created out of black taffeta and yards of red and chocolate brown tulle surround the crown. For the final accent, three small black buttons adorn the back seam.

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For more views of the “Poppy” hat design please visit the Poppy Chapeau 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 14 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 13 Derby chapeaux and 13 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Name the son of Holy Bull who won the Derby in 2005 and became the second biggest longshot to win the Derby, tied with Mine That Bird.

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 – 15 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 #15, back by popular demand, the “Felicia”, a medium size Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-15HatsThe 2015 Kentucky Oaks is just 2 weeks away and we have a brand new pink chapeau to help everyone celebrate Pink Out Day at Churchill Downs!

For the foundation of the hat I began with a fuchsia dupioni silk base.

Blog-FeliciaDer189-001BFor the trim centerpiece I created four “starfish” fleurs using pink organza for the petals and soft pink chiffon for the rose curl centers and set them aside.

Blog-FeliciaDer189-001GNext, I took yards of luscious rose pink tulle, laid it over the entire brim of the hat and nestled all four flowers into it.

Blog-FeliciaDer189-001EFor the finishing touch I fashioned a sash out of hot pink shantung and placed it around the crown.

Blog-FeliciaDer189-001FThe new “Felicia” chapeau is ready at last for her Kentucky Oaks adventure and the grand Pink Out Day celebrations at Churchill Downs!

Blog-FeliciaDer189-001CFor more views of the “Felicia” hat design shown above, please visit the Felicia Der189-001 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 15 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 14 Derby chapeaux and 14 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – As we all look forward to Kentucky Oaks 141, what famous British race was the Oaks modeled after?

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 – 16 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 #16, the “Liza”, a wide brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-16HatsWe are just a couple of weeks out from the 141st running of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. And what could be more perfect than a Liza wide brim chapeau that works for BOTH?!

Our featured Liza features a rich black dupioni silk base that measures about 18 inches wide. The centerpiece is a stunning jumbo Marguerite fleur fashioned out of hot pink organza for the petals with a delicate swirl of black netting for the center. Black netting sprays accent the fleur for added drama.

Blog-LizaDer13-098ACloseupA hot pink shantung sash encircles the crown and black netting covers the entire brim for a look that is soft and elegant.

Blog-LizaDer13-098BStunning from every angle, our pretty-in-pink Liza is ready to make her dramatic debut at Churchill Downs, Royal Ascot or the Queen’s Garden Party in Scotland!

Blog-LizaDer13-098DFor more views of the “Liza” hat design shown above, please visit the Liza Der13-098 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 16 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 15 Derby chapeaux and 15 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Name the Kentucky-based fast food company that has been the corporate sponsor of the Derby since 2006.

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally

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