Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 8

Welcome to the 2017 Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today I am featuring Hat #8, a stunning new custom “Juliette” cocktail chapeau inspired by our “Juliette” cocktail hat designs that are found in Derby Hat Salon 4 at maggiemae.com!

For more Kentucky Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 7 Derby chapeaux and 7 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

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Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 22

Welcome to the 2017 Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today I am featuring Hat #22 three lovely ladies, Lori, Louisa and Tyler, donning their stunning Kentucky Oaks chapeaux by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

For more Kentucky Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 21 Derby chapeaux and 21 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

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Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 23

Welcome to the 2017 Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today I am featuring Hat #23,  courtesy of Leigh McKathan of McKathan Brothers Training Center wearing her “Teddy” top hat design to last year’s Kentucky Oaks. Created in a mix of red and fuchsia silks, this hat is perfect for the Oaks or the Derby and is found in the The Rosie Signature Hat Collection that helps to support the retired racehorses of Old Friends in KY.

For more Kentucky Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 22 Derby chapeaux and 22 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

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Creating a Custom Derby Hat with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Derby 2017

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.

CustomHatsMedley1I 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 for her Oaks/Derby adventure.

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-1Suzanne sent me her head size and her payment, and we were good to go!

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-3With anticipation I headed into the studio, got out my tools and cranked up my tunes (Brandi Carisle and Yo-Yo Ma have been two of my favorites this summer).

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-4As in painting, my fabrics are my paints. They can be textured, bold and bright or soft, silky and subdued.

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.

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-5 Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-6The excitement started to build as the fabric was marked and cut.

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-7Stitching for the Chelsea got underway and a delightful polka dot “canvas” was soon created.

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-10Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-11Time for Chelsea to get her trimmings!

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-12Each trim element was carefully pressed and hand stitched together, one piece at a time.

For the finishing touch, a custom MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® label was sewn into the lining of the hat.

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-19BOne of the fun surprises with this particular Chelsea design is that the polka dots of the fabric shine through when the hat is held up to the light!

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-21 At last our Chelsea was ready to make her journey to Suzanne in Kentucky.

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-23In the morning before she was shipped, Chelsea received her final “tweaking” to make sure everything was just perfect.

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.

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-27A garment tag was enclosed with a postcard.

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-24The shipping box was addressed and taped.

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-29Another MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® chapeau was ready to set sail from Cape Cod!

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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!

Blog-ChelseaHatCreation-2Thank you for visiting Hats and Horses and letting me share this behind-the-scenes creation of the Chelsea Derby hat with you.

Until next time,

Sally

Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 36

Welcome to the 2017 Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today I am featuring two hats for Day #36, our pink trimmed “Liza” wide brim for the KY Oaks found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at maggiemae.com and our classic black and white “Kim” for the Derby found in Derby Hat Salon 2. Thank you Melissa!!  😉

For more Kentucky Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 35 Derby chapeaux and 35 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

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Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 43

Welcome to the 2017 Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today I am featuring Hat #43, our “Cherie” wide brim silk chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 2 at maggiemae.com. Perfect for the Oaks!  😉

For more Kentucky Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 42 Derby chapeaux and 42 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

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Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 44

Welcome to the 2017 Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today I am featuring Hat #44, our “Amanda” fascinator that is found in Derby Hat Salon 4 at maggiemae.com. Proof that sometimes big things come in tiny packages!  😉

For more Kentucky Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 43 Derby chapeaux and 43 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

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