MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 1 of 101

Welcome to our final day of A Derby Hat Countdown featuring 101 Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today we are featuring Hat #1, our final hat in the Countdown, the “Sophie’s Stefanie” design that is found in the Derby Hat Salon 2 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-1HatThe original “Debbie’s Stefanie” chapeau was created in black dupioni silk trimmed with a single silver and ivory silk organza rose and long black silk organza “feathers”.

Blog-DebbiesStefanieDer170-002CThis year a lady named Sophie contacted me regarding a custom wide brim hat design for the Dubai World Cup. Sophie loved the “Debbie’s Stefanie” hat for its simple elegance but she had a vision for hot pink colors and a Marguerite trim that would make the hat truly her own.

I created the nearly 21-inch Stefanie hat foundation in a rich black dupioni silk.

Blog-SophiesStefanieDer170-005B-Web.LgI then created a large Marguerite fleur using hot pink taffeta for the petals and a black sparkle button with netting sprays for the center.

Blog-SophiesStefanieDer170-005I-Web.LgNext I fashioned a “free form” bow out of black netting to frame the Marguerite, and created five long, slender black silk organza “feathers” for dramatic elegance.

Blog-SophiesStefanieDer170-005J-Web.LgA hot pink taffeta sash provided the final trim element. Our new Stefanie design was as stunning from the back as she was from the front.

Blog-SophiesStefanieDer170-005L-Web.LgSophie’s dream of a chapeau that combined her favorite colors with stylish wide brim elegance had come true, and it was on to Dubai!

And on Ladies’ Day at Churchill Downs, I couldn’t think of a more perfect chapeau to welcome us all to the Pink Out celebrations and the Run for the Lilies!

Blog-SophiesStefanieDer170-005A-Web.LgFor more views and details about the “Sophie’s Stefanie” chapeau shown above, please visit the Sophie’s Stefanie Der170-005 webpage at

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

Please visit us tomorrow for a very special Derby Hat Countdown Top Ten featuring our top ten hats to celebrate Derby Day.

Happy Oaks Day!




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