Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 34

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

Today I am featuring Hat #34, our stunning “Poppy” chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at maggiemae.com. A lovely lady named Jessica donned the Poppy last year for a Derby celebration!

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 33 Derby chapeaux and 33 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

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 38

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

Today I am featuring Hat #38, our stunning “Sydney” wide brim chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at maggiemae.com. Perfect for the Oaks, for the Derby and also for Royal Ascot races in June!  😉

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 37 Derby chapeaux and 37 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 41

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

Today I am featuring Hat #41, one of our lovely Liza silk chapeaux that are found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at maggiemae.com. Perfect for the Oaks or for the Derby!  😉

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 40 Derby chapeaux and 40 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 42

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

Today I am featuring Hat #42, our classic “Corinne” wide brim silk chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 2 at maggiemae.com. Perfect for the Oaks or for the Derby!  😉

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 41 Derby chapeaux and 41 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 48

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

Today I am featuring Hat #48, our “Sallita” medium brim Derby hat that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at maggiemae.com. Perfect for the Kentucky Oaks… don’t you think?

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 47 Derby chapeaux and 47 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

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Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 54

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

Today I am debuting another brand new Derby Collection creation! Presenting Hat #54 in the Derby Hat Countdown, the “Chelsea” black and white silk medium brim hat design that is found in Salon 3 of my Derby Hat Collection. For more information about this new addition to the Derby hat lineup, please visit the Chelsea Der60-048 webpage.

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

Only 53 Derby chapeaux and 53 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

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