MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 81 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #81, the Chelsea Der60-027 hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-81HatsI love the “Chelsea” hat style. Created as a little sister to the “Liza” chapeau, the Chelsea brim measures approximately 16 inches across and frames the wearer’s face beautifully.

Blog-ChelseaDer60-030HOn a recent fabric search I found an amazing print that I was eager to use for a new Chelsea Derby hat style. I loved the color combination of lime green and periwinkle, and the swirling loop pattern reminded me of the famed mint juleps that are a Derby tradition every first Saturday in May.

Blog-ChelseaDer60-027H-fabricI began with a classic Chelsea foundation that I fashioned out of the new fabric paired with a scrumptious periwinkle dupioni silk for the underbrim.

Blog-ChelseaDer60-027AFor the centerpiece I fashioned a large, delicate rose curl out of periwinkle organza.

Blog-ChelseaDer60-027CI framed the flower with periwinkle dupioni silk leaves and a matching sash.

Blog-ChelseaDer60-027EFor the finishing touch I added a lavender button to the back of the hat which provided added elegance and balance to the entire design.

Blog-ChelseaDer60-027H Our new Chelsea is ready for the party to begin as Churchill Downs prepares to welcome the world to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. Mint julep anyone?

Blog-ChelseaDer60-027DFor more views of the “Chelsea” hat design shown above, please visit the Chelsea Der60-027 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 81 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 80 Derby chapeaux and 80 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Who was the last gelding to win the Kentucky Derby?

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

‘Til next time, thank you for visiting!




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