MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 32 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #32, the “Carmen”, a wide brim Derby hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 2 at I love a classic wide brim hat for horse racing events. I also love the operatic character of Carmen and for this year’s Derby I wanted to create a hat that paid homage to Carmen.


I began with a hat foundation created out of a rich black dupioni silk. Thinking of Carmen, I trimmed the brim edge with a ruched black satin ruffle. Blog-CarmenDer158-001C Next I created a unique fleur design out of a medley of large alternating solid red and red metallic taffeta leaves fashioned in a “pinwheel” shape with a black silk organza rose curl for the center. Blog-CarmenDer158-001EFor the finishing touches, I added a black satin sash with ruffled lining, swirling black tulle around the crown and a black button accent. Blog-CarmenDer158-001H Standing back, I realized my passion for both wide brim hats and opera had been incorporated into this splendid wide brim chapeau that has all the vivacious charm and stunning beauty of the operatic character for whom she was named, Carmen.

She is a chapeau that will make your own heart sing! Blog-CarmenDer158-001B For more views of the “Carmen” hat design shown above, please visit the Carmen Der158-001 hat webpage at

And don’t forget to visit our KY Derby Hat Collection for more Derby hat ideas. With four new Derby hat salons this year we have something for everyone from fascinators to extra wide brims!

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 32 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 31 Derby chapeaux and 31 days to go ’til the Run for the Roses!



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