MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 98 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #98, the “Annabelle Lee”, a medium brim Derby hat design found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-98HatsThe inspiration for Annabelle Lee was my Annabelle Derby design, a fan favorite for the Derby, Kentucky Oaks and fancy teas, with a distinctive “butterfly wings” brim.

Blog-AnnabelleDer7-003-B-2I wanted something different for the new Annabelle Lee design that would be similar in shape to the Annabelle but with a wider brim for a bolder look.

I began with deep plum dupioni silk, fashioning an Annabelle hat base with a slightly larger brim, yet making sure it kept the same “butterfly wings” that are part of Annabelle’s magic.

Blog-AnnabelleLeeDer180-001AFor the centerpiece I fashioned a rose curl out of alternating layers of deep purple shantung and silk organza. I framed the rose with plum orchid taffeta leaves and a matching sash. A clear plum purple bead button adorns the back seam.


Blog-AnnabelleLeeDer180-001GI stood back and realized the finished chapeau had achieved everything I’d hoped for which included the romantic flair of the original Annabelle, but with a brim that could be turned up for lots of attitude. This lady is definitely ready to make her debut on the grand stages of the Kentucky Derby and Royal Ascot!

Blog-AnnabelleLeeDer180-001CFor more views of the “Annabelle Lee” hat design shown above, please visit the Annabelle Lee Der10-001 webpage at

And don’t forget to visit our Derby Hat Collection offering four new Derby hat salons this year featuring Big Brims, Extra Wide Brims, Flappers/Medium Brims, Fascinators, Cocktail Hats and Cloches.

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 98 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 97 Derby chapeaux and 97 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – If the Kentucky Derby is the first “jewel” in the Triple Crown of American Thoroughbred horse racing, what are the other two races called?

The answer can be found at the following link – Derby Hats.

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!



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