MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 5 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #5, the Noelle Chapeau design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at


A couple of years ago I created a red velveteen hat for the holidays called the Noelle Holiday Hat. She was a Limited Edition Design that did very well that season.


Ever since creating the original Noelle I have been dying to recreate her as a Kentucky Derby hat; this year I decided it was time.

I began with a rich red dupioni silk foundation that measures over 17 inches across.

In keeping with the spirit of the original Noelle I created a large rose curl in alternating layers of red dupioni silk and burgundy metallic taffeta.


I framed the rose with a medley of variegated green metallic taffeta and organza leaves.


I encircled the crown with a red silk sash lined with green taffeta. I then formed a lavish bow with the red silk and green taffeta which became the perfect backdrop for the rose curl. I next swirled layer upon layer of red tulle around the crown which created a wispy edge along the brim.


For the final touch, I added a red button in the back.


Standing back I realized that the new Noelle was not only perfect for the Derby but, like her older sister, she was going to be perfect for the upcoming holidays.


For more views of the “Noelle” hat design shown above, please visit the Noelle Chapeau 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 5 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 4 Derby chapeaux and 4 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!




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