MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 95 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #95, the “Valerie”, a wide brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-95HatsI have always loved the song, “Funny Valentine”. Last year I had a vision for a Derby hat design that would combine the magic of Valentine pinks and reds sculpted into a swirling confection.

I began by creating a hat foundation in rich red dupioni silk which measured nearly 18 inches across the brim. I then created a large rose curl by layering fuchsia dupioni silk and hot pink chiffon which I set into a medley of red satin leaves.

Blog-ValerieDer163-001CI then fashioned a wide bow out of fuchsia dupioni silk which I set under the rose curl centerpiece.

Blog-ValerieDer163-001EAlternating layers of hot pink and red tulle were loosely gathered around the crown while a pink button was stitched to the back seam for one final accent.

Blog-ValerieDer163-001FAs I stood back to look at her, I realized I had found ”my funny Valentine.” Indeed, the stunning red “Valerie” chapeau was a romantic vision of loveliness and she was perfect for either the Kentucky Derby or the Oaks!

Blog-ValerieDer163-001BFor more views of the “Valerie” hat design shown above, please visit the Valerie Der163-001 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 95 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 94 Derby chapeaux and 94 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – What is the date of the Derby each year?

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!




Author: hatsandhorses

Sally Faith Steinmann is the owner and designer of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS Custom Millinery. A native of Cape Cod, Sally creates couture hats for the Kentucky Derby, Royal Ascot, Saratoga, weddings, teas, and garden parties. MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS sponsors "Hats Off to the Horses", an annual online Derby hat fundraiser for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility in KY.

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