MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 88 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #88, the “Sallita”, a medium brim hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-88HatsLast year during Royal Ascot season a woman named Grace came to me for a hat. Grace wondered if I could create a “Sallita” design hat using the “pinwheel” fleur trim from one of my silk “Lizzie” designs.

Blog-LizzieDer57-030AGrace needed the hat to be in red, silver and black fabrics to match her dress, and she loved the idea of the “Sallita” hat shape to give her outfit that Downton Abbey look!

I got to work on a hat foundation created out of a red linen in the classic Sallita brim style.

Blog-SallitaSMM6-039DFor the trim centerpiece I created a “pinwheel” fleur out of alternating gray linen and black dupioni silk “leaves” with a gray linen rose curl and red button accent for the center.

Blog-SallitaSMM6-039CI then fashioned a sash to encircle the crown, adding one more red button to the back of the hat for a final accent.

Blog-SallitaSMM6-039FGrace called a few weeks later to tell me how much everyone loved her new Sallita design at Ascot. And this brand new “Sallita” is now ready for her Derby debut at this year’s Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs!

Blog-SallitaSMM6-039DFor more views of the “Sallita” hat design shown above, please visit the Sallita SMM6-039 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 88 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 87 Derby chapeaux and 87 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – During what year did Man O’War win the Kentucky Derby?

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!




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