MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 25 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #25, the “Rita”, a wide brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com.

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Rita is named for one of my favorite stars of the silver screen.  She began with 15-inch wide base fashioned out of a rich and bold red dupioni silk.

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For the trim centerpiece I created a “pinwheel” fleur out of alternating burgundy and red taffeta leaves with a black silk organza rose curl for the center. I added black veiling behind the fleur to soften the look and add a bit of wistfulness to the design.

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I gathered shimmering black tulle around the crown, layered a black satin sash and hand stitched a black button to the back seam.

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Lovely Rita! As bedazzling as her namesake, this stunning medium brimmed Derby hat design is sure to set your toes to tapping and your heart to singing at Churchill Downs on that first Saturday in May!

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For more views of the “Rita” hat design shown above, please visit the Rita Der185-001 webpage at maggiemae.com.

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

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 25 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 24 Derby chapeaux and 24 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!

Sally

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Author: hatsandhorses

Sally Faith Steinmann is the owner and designer of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS Custom Millinery. A native of Cape Cod, Sally creates couture hats for the Kentucky Derby, Royal Ascot, Saratoga, weddings, teas, and garden parties. MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS sponsors "Hats Off to the Horses", an annual online Derby hat fundraiser for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility in KY.

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