MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 78 of 101

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

Our hat for today is the “Debbie’s Stefanie” wide brim chapeau that is found in Salon 2 of the Derby Hat Collection at


A lady named Debbie contacted me regarding a custom Derby hat design. She said she really loved the “Stefanie” Bridal hat that had been featured in a wedding video on my website, but had a vision for colors and trims that would make the hat truly her own.


Debbie wanted her hat to have the elegance and simplicity of the Stefanie with a bit of ivory “color” and several silk organza “feathers” added.

I created the nearly 21-inch Stefanie hat foundation in black dupioni silk. I then layered ivory and charcoal silk organza to create a single large rose curl. A medley of leaves and a sash were created out of matching charcoal silk organza; soft charcoal veiling was added to accent the rose.


For the final touch, I fashioned five long slender silk organza “feathers” to frame the rose and spill over the brim edge to complete a truly dramatic design that measures approximately 28 inches, end to end.


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

Please visit our KY Derby Hat Collection for more Derby hat ideas, and enjoy strolling through our four Derby hat salons where you’ll find everything from wide brims to fascinators!

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 78 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 77 Derby chapeaux to go ’til Derby Day at Churchill Downs!



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