MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 7 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #7, the “Andrea”, a medium size Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-7HatsI recently created a collection of carriage driving hats for women to wear for their carriage driving competitions. One of my favorite hats in the collection is the “Meg” chapeau.

Blog-MegSMM86-001AI love the 2-layer brim of the Meg, and I thought that it might be fun to create a Derby rose-trimmed version for this year’s Derby Hat Collection.

I also wanted to create this design to reflect a very special member of my family from St. Louis named Andrea. Andrea was born on the Fourth of July and she loves her family, her beautiful gardens and historic Williamsburg.

For the foundation of the hat I began with a navy blue and white dupioni silk base, alternating the blue and the white silks to give the design a feeling of elegance and style.

Blog-AndreaDer188-001EFor the trim centerpiece I created a single large red rose out of alternating layers of red dupioni silk and silk organza, adding a medley of spring and lime green taffeta leaves. To frame the rose, I crafted a double bow out of navy shantung, adding a bit of red hat veiling to make it pop!

Blog-AndreaDer188-001BFinally, I fashioned a sash out of navy shantung, folded it in half and placed it around the crown. A single red button to the back of the hat added just the right finishing touch.

Blog-AndreaDer188-001GI stood back and saw she really was stunning; my new Derby chapeau was more than ready for the Run for the Roses, inspired by the sweet spirit of a woman  whom I am so proud to call my sister!

Blog-AndreaDer188-001FFor more views of the “Andrea” hat design shown above, please visit the Andrea Der188-001 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 7 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 6 Derby chapeaux and 6 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – How many roses make up the “Garland of Roses”, one of the Derby’s grandest traditions?

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!




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