MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 68 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #68, the Chelsea Der60-041 medium brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at


The Chelsea was one of my original Derby Collection designs. She has always been a favorite of mine and one of my best selling Derby hats. And of course she features my beloved polka dots!


To celebrate this year’s Derby I wanted to treat this very special Chelsea to a facelift with a bit of a twist on the original trim design.

I created the foundation out of a white dupioni silk and set it to the side to begin the trims.  I then created a medium mocha organza rose curl framed by chocolate taffeta leaves and a bit of white veiling which I also set to the side.


Next came my polka dots!  I took a chocolate and white polka dot chiffon, fashioned a simple sash and three tapered tails, and added them to the white dupioni silk foundation. I then placed the tails so they spilled over the brim edge, forming a playful setting along with the sash for adding the rose curl, leaves and veiling. The new-and-improved Chelsea of the Chocolate Polka Dots was ready for her debut at the Derby!


For more views of the “Chelsea” hat design please visit the Chelsea Der60-041 webpage at

And don’t forget to visit our KY Derby Hat Collection for more Derby hat ideas. We have four new Derby hat salons this year with something for everyone from fascinators to extra wide brims!

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 68 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 67 Derby chapeaux to go ’til the Run for the Roses!



Author: hatsandhorses

Sally Faith Steinmann is the owner and designer of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS Custom Millinery. A native of Cape Cod, Sally creates couture hats for the Kentucky Derby, Royal Ascot, Saratoga, weddings, teas, and garden parties. MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS sponsors "Hats Off to the Horses", an annual online Derby hat fundraiser for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility in KY.

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