I am often asked what goes into creating a custom chapeau by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.
The creation process for each of my hats is as unique and individual as the women who will wear them.
To demonstrate the process of custom hat creation, I like to tell the story of the time I received a Derby hat request from a lady named Suzanne who lives in Kentucky. Suzanne was especially interested in my black and white polka dot Chelsea hat that she needed for her Oaks/Derby adventure that year.
The Chelsea foundation would be created out of a polka dot fabric with hot pink taffeta for the underbrim. A double bow with tails and a sash needed to be fashioned out of just the right pink trim taffeta.
The excitement started to build as the fabric was marked and cut.
For the finishing touch, a custom MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® label was sewn into the lining of the hat.
At last the moment had arrived for Chelsea to be carefully settled into her custom MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® hatbox that was lined with vanilla colored tissue to create a comfy “nest” for her travels.
In a few days, Suzanne let me know that Chelsea had arrived and that she loved her new Derby chapeau.
Suzanne and Chelsea are indeed ready for the amazing Run for the Roses adventure that awaits them at Churchill Downs!
Until next time,