MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 12 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #12, the Heather Der94-001 hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at


Years ago I began creating silk organza feathers as trim for my hats. I love watching birds and I created these feather-shaped trims in silk organza out of respect to these beautiful winged creatures.

About at the same time I developed my new trims a lady approached me to design a hat for a fancy tea party. She said that she wanted a bold new “look” and something that no one else at the party would be wearing. It was the perfect opportunity to showcase my new feathers.

I decided to begin with an asymmetrical hat foundation created out of white dupioni silk. For added drama and attitude I shaped the brim into an upturned fold…


I placed a large bow I had made out of black and white dupioni silk onto the hat and then added a Marguerite fleur, created out of black and white silk organza for the petals with a black button for the center.


Finally it was time for some feathery magic. I fashioned five black silk organza fathers in varying widths and lengths and stitched them beneath the bow centerpiece, shaping them to frame the face.

Blog-HeatherDer94-001C-Crop-Feathers-3Black and white ruched silk organza tails were added to the trim; a layer of swirling black and white tulle around the crown provided the final accent.


The new be-feathered chapeau was finished and ready for her debut. We named her the “Heather” and she was a hit at the tea party with her “feathers” being the talk of the town!

I have recreated the “Heather” style many times since then in a variety of colors and textures.  She has become a fan favorite for Royal Ascot, weddings and the Kentucky Derby.

Blog-HeatherDer94-001C For more views of the “Heather” hat design shown above, please visit the Heather Der94-001 webpage at

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 12 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 11 Derby chapeaux and 11 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!




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