MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 26 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #26, the Chelsea Der60-026 hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-26HatsMany of my customers tell me the Chelsea is their favorite hat; the brim is not too big, the crown is not too tall and everything about her feels just right. I often hear the words, “She’s perfect!”

One of my favorite things are polka dots and last season I created a Chelsea design for the Derby out of a polka dot fabric that I simply loved. By mixing the polka dot fabric with red silk in celebration of the Run for the Roses, the result was pure MAGIC!

Blog-ChelseaDer60-024DOne year I wanted to create a similar Chelsea using hot pink for the Pink Out celebrations on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.

I took my beloved black and white medium polka dot fabric to create the foundation for the Chelsea. I then took hot pink taffeta to create a dazzling underbrim for contrast and a bit of a color surprise when the wearer’s face is upturned.

Blog-ChelseaDer60-026BA large double bow with medium tails and a matching sash were fashioned out of the same hot pink taffeta for the trim.

Blog-ChelseaDer60-026CI added a hot pink button to the back of the hat for the finishing touch.

Blog-ChelseaDer60-026HLike her Derby-inspired sister, this new polka dot Chelsea is another magical polka dot surprise for anyone who loves these animated little spots as much as I do. Chelsea is ready for the 141st running of the Kentucky Oaks!

Blog-ChelseaDer60-026AFor more views of the “Chelsea” hat design shown above, please visit the Chelsea Der60-026 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 26 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 25 Derby chapeaux and 25 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Starting with the 125th KY Derby in 1999, what significant change was made to the Derby trophy – and why?

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!



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