MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown 47 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #47, the “Shirley”, a medium brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at


I love polka dots. Whether they are little dots, big dots or medium dots, they make me smile. Several years ago I decided to combine my beloved polka dots with the traditional red roses of the Kentucky Derby.

I began with a medium hat base created out of a mix of black and white polka dot fabric and dupioni silk. For something truly different and playful, I added a saucy polka dot “skirt” lined with silk, gathered just so to create the softest wave in the fabric.


For the trim I found a simple red silk rose and fashioned a medley of leaves out of black silk organza to frame it.


I created a black taffeta sash for around the crown, and added a black button to the back seam. Shirley was now ready to make her Derby entrance!



My polka dot Shirley, adorned with a single red rose, has been a fan favorite ever since not only for the Derby but for Royal Ascot, tea parties and weddings, too!


For more views of the “Shirley” hat design shown above, please visit the Shirley Der73-001 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 47 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 46 Derby chapeaux and 46 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!



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