The Art of Hat Making

A few new fascinators!

We’ve added some new fascinators over the last week to our available inventory! We are open this week 10-3 every day through Friday. Saturday we will close to enjoy the race! Come by if you still need a hat!

Chic Derby Day Raingear!

So it’s going to rain at the Kentucky Derby? Don’t let the weather cramp your style! There are so many great options for making the most of your weekend while staying dry and warm. I recommend you carry your hat in a plastic bag and once inside and under cover don your beautiful headpiece with pride! Dry cleaner bags work well and you can wrap it around your hat if you want to take a walk around outside to take a look at the beautiful horses. The hats are very resilient and you won’t damage them by putting them in a plastic bag! 

If your hat does get caught in the rain, be sure to let your hat dry out slowly to retain its shape and size.

 Clear, plastic trench coats and galoshes are IN so do a little shopping and you’ll be able to show off that Derby Day dress no matter what! you’re not allowed to bring in an umbrella to protect your hat and clothes so pick up an adorable poncho or trench. A great trench can add stylish flair!

Here are a few great trench options:

Transparent Waterproof Raincoat – Amazon – $22

Madewell Translucent Anorak Raincoat
  – $99

Clear Vinyl Raincoat – Urban Outfitters – $89


Harper’s Bazaar 11 Ways to Beat April Showers in Style – some great high-end rain ponchos and jackets here! 


Forget the heels and wear some adorable rain boots to match your outfit. Chanel makes a very fancy pair of them but you can find cute clear boots on Amazon and many other sites!

Or we saw these fun polka dot high-heeled rain shoe covers that are fun! Only $11! 


Don’t forget to set your makeup, protect your hair, and wear waterproof mascara! And we still want to see those hats!!! So be sure to tag us in your pictures – #HOUSEOFMACGREGOR.

Fascinators Available!

We have a few new fascinators added to our inventory today! This is a great option for Oaks as they can conveniently be packed in the same box as a big derby hat. Most of ours are priced around $265.


Hats in Inventory

We are moving into “fall in love with a hat, find a dress to match” time at the hat shop but we have quite a selection of hats in inventory ready to go! We have a few new ones in this week and my hat supplier reminded me that this is time to “be prepared to compromise” this close to the Derby. If you are still looking for a hat, we have plenty in stock! The more open you are to falling in love versus having a set idea in your head, the happier your hat shopping experience will be!

This mocha straw number with roses will make your decision easy! – $405






I make no secret that Jill Courtemanche is my millinery bestie and carrying her hats for the Derby gives us even more reasons to hang out. These are a few of her hats above and they would make a perfect addition to your race day fashion!

Let us know how we can help!

More custom Derby hats for 2019…

A few more custom hats that I’ve been finishing up in the studio as Derby Day gets closer!

This one is being paired with a gorgeous leopard and rose dress.

This one with white plumage is being paired with the prettiest lavender dress.

Oh this old thing? Skirting the edge of being ridiculously big, it’s somehow also practical. Take the trim off after the Derby and you have 9″ brim sun hat!

If you weren’t able to get a custom hat made, no worries! I am happy to text or email you photos of the hats we currently have in stock that are ready to go. Please check out my previous blog posts, my Facebook page or Instagram page as I’m keeping those updated with current inventory as well. I’m also available to schedule appointments if you would like to come in, fall in love with a hat, then go find your dress!!

Custom Order Love

Just a few of my very favorite custom orders from this season. From the Derby to European weddings to the Madhatters Tea, I have had the privilege of making some gorgeous creations for various Spring events. From gold leather lilies to dramatic bows in the back, it’s too bad I don’t have one of the most incredible jobs in the world! #millinerlife





Available Derby Hats!

We had a great Trunk Show with Jill Courtemanche Millinery and we have filled up our custom orders for April! Derby Season is in full swing! We have some beautiful hats in the studio ready to go – whether you need it for the Derby or the Dallas Madhatter’s Luncheon – we have something for everyone! Take a look at what we have in-house:

Derby Trunk Show!

I am so pleased to have my hat bestie, Jill Courtemanche Millinery, back in Dallas for our annual Kentucky Derby Hat Trunk Show! Jill and I met almost 15 years ago working for Suzanne Millinery in New York City. Now based in L.A., Jill has a perfectionists eye and couturiers skill which she puts to good use on her chapeaus and cocktail hats. If you are headed to the Derby, don’t miss this pop-up!

We are scheduling appointments with Jill on Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th but slots of are filling up. Email us at or call 214-942-1966 to reserve your time.

Spring Break

The studio will be closed the week of March 11th for Spring Break.  We will be back in Saturday the 16th from 12-5!

Prepping for Spring at the HOM

My hands are busy sewing up all the new ideas we came up with for spring and derby hats in 2019!  They will be rolling out in the next few weeks and the best way to stay up to date is to follow us on Facebook or Instagram.  That’s where the pictures show up first.  We will be taking custom derby hat orders until April 1st and then switching over to customizing inventory hats only.  Jill Courtemanche  Millinery will be in town for our annual derby trunk show March 29th and 30th.  If you have any questions about the derby hat process feel free to call us at 214-942-1966 or email  I am happy to share what we’ve learned in the past 15 years of dressing people for the big race!  Here’s a peak at what we are working on…