MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 1 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #1, our final hat in the Countdown, the “Cheryl’s Liza”, a wide brim design found in Derby Hat Salon 1.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-1HatsThe process of creating a custom chapeau is something that I simply love!

Last Derby season a good customer named Cheryl asked if I would create a wide brim hat to match a hot pink lace dress that she had found for the Kentucky Oaks. She wanted a design that would include all of the trim elements of the Liza Der134-113 which she loved.

Blog-LizaDer13-113DCheryl sent me a photo of the dress and I pulled together a swatch sheet of fabrics that matched. I always stress to my custom hat customers they need to see the fabrics in person as computer monitors often translate colors differently. The mailing of swatches is time well spent in creating the perfect Derby chapeau.


When Cheryl received the swatches she found that the creamy champagne dupioni would make the perfect foundation color for her “Liza’s” hot pink trimmings.

I began by creating a nearly 18-inch hat foundation in creamy champagne dupioni silk.

Blog-CherylsLizaDer13-001F-Web.MedThe Marguerite centerpiece was created out of hot pink organza for the petals with a creamy champagne silk rose curl center.

Blog-CherylsLizaDer13-001E-Web.MedA medley of creamy champagne silk and shantung leaves and bow loops in glistening hot pink organza were added frame the Marguerite and make it pop!

Blog-CherylsLizaDer13-001D-Web.MedA hot pink taffeta sash was stitched into place and layer upon layer of hot pink tulle were wrapped and gathered around the crown. A hot pink button on the back provided the finishing touch.

Blog-CherylsLizaDer13-001H-Web.MedBlog-CherylsLizaDer13-001I-Web.MedI think you’ll agree that Cheryl’s custom Liza chapeau was the perfect topper for her lovely hot pink dress on Kentucky Oaks Day!

For more views and details about the Cheryl’s Liza chapeau shown above, please visit the Cheryl’s Liza hat webpage.

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 Season 2 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Who was the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Oaks?

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!



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