MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS Derby Hat Countdown – 55 of 101

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

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


A lady named Marguerite from North Carolina called me one day with a request for a special hat. She told me that she especially loved some of my hats with the asymmetrical brim shapes. The one that really caught her eye was the Sasha…


Marguerite knew that she wanted her hat to be created in black, not too wide, and with perhaps a bit of some other color to make the hat interesting. I got busy on the sketches, and came up with three different design possibilities. Marguerite chose the one I was hoping for: a downsized version of the Sasha with a unique triple brim design!

I fashioned the downsized Sasha hat foundation in black dupioni silk, using three brim layers in descending sizes. All three brims were stiffened for adjustability; a black edging gave them a finished look.


I trimmed the hat with a layered black satin sash and double bow with tails lined with black silk organza. To adorn the bow knot, three medium rose curls were created in layers of black dupioni silk, silk organza and China silk followed by a wispy layer of silver silk organza for a bit of extra texture and color.


For the finishing touch, I draped the front of the hat with black veiling fashioned into a freeform bow that extended under the roses.

When Marguerite received her new chapeau she said it took her breath away. The hat even met the approval of Marguerite’s beloved standard poodle, Devereux. I was so pleased when she let me name the new hat, the “Marguerite”.

Since then, the “Marguerite” design has been added to my Derby Hat Collection. Marguerite has told me ever since that she dreams of the hat all in red for the Kentucky Derby… Wouldn’t that be something?


For more views of the “Marguerite” chapeau shown above, please visit the Marguerite hat webpage at

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 55 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 54 Derby chapeaux and days to go ’til Derby Day at Churchill Downs!



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