MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 37 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #37, the “Annabelle Lee”, a medium brim Derby hat design found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at


The inspiration for Annabelle Lee was my Annabelle Derby design, a fan favorite for the Derby, Kentucky Oaks and fancy teas.  For the new Annabelle Lee I wanted to create a hat similar in shape but with a wider brim.



I began with deep purpley plum dupioni silk, fashioning an Annabelle hat base with a slightly larger brim, yet making sure it kept the same “butterfly wings” that are part of Annabelle’s magic.


For the centerpiece I fashioned a rose curl out of alternating layers of deep purple shantung and silk organza. I framed the rose with plum orchid taffeta leaves and a matching sash. A clear plum purple bead button adorns the back seam.



I stood back and realized the finished chapeau had achieved everything I’d hoped for which included the romantic flair of the original Annabelle with a brim that could be turned up for lots of attitude. This lady is definitely ready to make her debut on the grand stages of the Kentucky Derby and Royal Ascot!


For more views of the “Annabelle Lee” hat design shown above, please visit the Annabelle Lee Der10-001 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 37 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 36 Derby chapeaux and 36 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!



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