Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 71

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

Today I am debuting a brand new Derby Collection chapeau! Presenting Hat #71 in the Derby Hat Countdown, the “Sasha” wide brim hat that is found in Salon 2 of my Derby Hat Collection. For more information about this new addition to the Derby hat lineup, please visit the Sasha Der93-006 Hat webpage.

derbyhatcountdown-2017-71days-medFor more Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 70 Derby chapeaux and 70 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

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Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 74

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

Today I am featuring one of my classic Derby chapeaux, Hat #74, the “Cassandra” that is found in Salon 1 of my Derby Hat Collection. A lovely lady named Cindy Hester asked me to create a custom version of the “Cassandra” for her Derby adventure with three red roses which I loved!  🙂

derbyhatcountdown-2017-74days-medFor more Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 73 Derby chapeaux and 73 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

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Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 76

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

Today I am featuring one of my classic Derby chapeaux, Hat #76, the “Liza” that is found in Salon 1 of my Derby Hat Collection!

derbyhatcountdown-2017-76days-medFor more Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 75 Derby chapeaux and 58 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

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Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 79

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

Today I am featuring one of my classic Derby chapeaux, Hat #79, the “Kristy” that is found in Salon 1 of my Derby Hat Collection!

derbyhatcountdown-2017-79days-medFor more Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 78 Derby chapeaux and 78 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

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MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown 2016 – 89 of 101

In our Derby Hat Countdown today I am featuring Hat #89, the “Felicity”  white silk hat design trimmed with a stunning yellow Marguerite, found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at maggiemae.com!

DerbyHatCountdown-2016-89Days-BlogFor more views of this lovely “Felicity” design, please visit the Felicity hat webpage.

Today’s Derby Trivia Question is – “Name the only Kentucky Derby winner who was making his first start on dirt in that race (previously ran on turf and synthetic).”

The answer can be found at the following link – Derby Hats where you can also visit all four of our Derby hat salons for a wide selection of Derby hat offerings for the Kentucky Oaks and the Derby!

Only 88 Derby chapeaux and 88 days to go ’til the 142nd Kentucky Derby!

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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.

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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!

Sally

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 2 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #2, the “Liza”, a wide brim design found in Derby Hat Salon 1.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-2HatsI have a fondness for the Liza. It was one of my earliest designs for the Derby Hat Collection and for a long time it was my widest brim. Measuring approximately 17″ end to end, there is something about the Liza that makes her easy to wear and  love. And this style has many, many different “looks” as you can see if you pop into Salon 1 of the Derby Hat Collection

The Liza Der13-113 was the result of a customer’s request for a classic wide brim style that would be suitable not only for the Derby but also for weddings and fancy teas. Created in silver dupioni silk and trimmed with a single jumbo navy silk organza Marguerite, navy and charcoal silk bow loops and deep blue tulle, I think you’ll agree that this grand Lady is simply scrumptious and fits the bill for just about any occasion, including the Derby!

Blog-LizaDer13-113FBlog-LizaDer13-113GFor more views and details about the Liza Der13-113 chapeau shown above, please visit the 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 Hat 2 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 1 Derby chapeau and 1 day to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Why is the Kentucky Derby also known as “The Run for the Roses”?

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally