The Derby Hat Countdown continues featuring 101 Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!
Today we are featuring Hat #17, the “Francesca’s Chelsea”, a medium brim hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com.
I love working with customers who have a creative vision. Last spring a woman named Francesca called me regarding a custom hat. Her son was getting married and she wondered if my “Chelsea” hat style could be customized to complement a dark navy dress she had found and absolutely loved.
Francesca sent me a spool of dark navy thread as a “clue” to the color of her dress. The thread perfectly matched the navy dupioni silk I had in stock and I was all set to begin.
I started with a hat foundation created out of the navy dupioni silk with a classic Chelsea brim style.
I fashioned a single rose curl out of alternating layers of navy silk organza and satin and framed it with three navy silk organza leaves.
I then took navy and white polka dot satin and fashioned a sash and three tapering “tails” that spilled down over the brim edge to achieve a sophisticated yet playful look. Francesca loved her new Chelsea design, and this year Francesca’s Chelsea is ready to make her polka dot Derby debut for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby!
For more views of the “Francesca’s Chelsea” hat design shown above, please visit the Francesca’s Chelsea Der60-032 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 17 of our Derby Hat Countdown.
Just 16 Derby chapeaux and 16 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!