MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 51 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #51, the “Scarlett”, a wide brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 2 at


I love wide brim Derby hats; I also love the color red. Several years ago I was asked to create the widest red silk wide brim hat that would still fit through the gates at Churchill Downs. Up until that time, an 18-inch brim had been my widest Derby hat design. I took on the challenge with a relish.

I began with a hat foundation created in scarlet red dupioni silk, fashioning the silk into a nearly 22-inch brim size.


I created the sash out of red satin with an enormous bow and long tails that spilled down the back of the hat. For the center of the bow, I created three medium roses out of layered red chiffon and dupioni silk, adding red beading and red silk organza “feathers” for a touch of bling.


The finished design measured nearly 23 inches end to end, full of vibrant monochromatic color and textured drama for a stunning entrance at Churchill Downs!


For more views of the “Scarlett” hat design shown above, please visit the Scarlett Der39-001 webpage at

And don’t forget to visit our KY Derby Hat Collection offering four new Derby hat salons this year. Everything from fascinators to extra wide brims!

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 51 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 50 Derby chapeaux and 50 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!



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