MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 5 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #5, the “Sydney”, another brand new wide brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-5HatsI love the Liza hat style. Measuring about 17 inches across, she’s not too big but still has the pizzazz of a wide brim!

This year for the Derby I wanted to create a hat similar in dimensions to the Liza but with a fedora style crown.

I got started by fashioning a Liza hat foundation in cream dupioni silk.

I then took white dupioni silk, white silk organza and a soft pink organza and handcrafted a large rose curl, adding dusty sage organza ribbons for leaves.

Blog-SydneyDer197-001D-Web.MedNext, I created a sash out of black taffeta, laid it around the crown and added five black silk organza “feathers” and a matching black pebble button for the final accents.

Blog-SydneyDer197-001F-Web.MedAnd the new “Sydney” chapeau is now ready to make her debut in the Derby Hat Collection!  The “Sydney” is the perfect choice not only for Churchill Downs but for weddings, teas, Royal Ascot, Melbourne Cup and beyond.

Blog-SydneyDer197-001B-Web.MedFor more views of the “Sydney” hat design shown above, please visit the Sydney Der197-001 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 5 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 4 Derby chapeaux and 4 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Which of the 3 Triple Crown races is the oldest – the Derby, the Preakness, or the Belmont?

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!




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