MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdwn – 41 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #41, the “Molly”, a wide brim Derby hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 2 at


One of my favorite characters in the movie “Titanic” is Molly Brown. Bold, outspoken and never daunted, that’s Molly to a T. Several years ago I created a hat to honor this gutsy female character who also inspired the musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

I began by creating an 18-inch wide hat foundation out of a white dupioni silk. I then fashioned an enormous lavish bow for the hat out of black and white striped satin. Into the center of the bow I nestled a large rose curl which I created out of red taffeta.



Next I layered yards and yards of black and white tulle, gathering it in the back of the hat to form tulle “poofs” that resemble the bustle of a woman’s dress.


As I stood back and looked at my new creation I couldn’t help feeling that any woman would feel unsinkable in this stunning wide brim wonder. Whether it’s at the Derby, Royal Ascot or a grand ball, all heads will turn as you make your entrance wearing the ever-buoyant “Molly” chapeau!  She’s an unsinkable choice!


For more views of the “Molly” hat design shown above, please visit the Molly Der100-001 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 41 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 40 Derby chapeaux and 40 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!



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