MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 67 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #67, the “Tess” top hat Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at


Several years ago, a lady contacted me regarding a custom Derby hat design. She told me that she had fallen in love with my “Tess” Derby hat.


She had found the perfect black dress for a special occasion and wondered if I could recreate the original Tess in black silk with red trims.

I fashioned the base of the hat out of black dupioni silk. Next I created three rose curls out of scarlet red dupioni silk and set them aside.


I trimmed the hat with a red taffeta sash and swirled red tulle around the crown, gathering it softly in the back in a free form “bow”.  I nestled the three rose curls into the center of the bow and let long tails of the red tulle spill down the brim.



I love the look of these “Tess” top hats. They have an “equestrian” flair and they are decidedly romantic. The design is classic and the trim possibilities are endless, perfect for your Derby adventure and all your equine sporting events!


For more views of the “Tess” hat design shown above, please visit the Tess 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 67 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 66 Derby chapeaux and 66 days to go ’til the Run for the Roses!



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