DIY Glitter Shoes!

Have you ever had a pair of shoes that just wasn’t cutting it when it came to your style? Too boring or too old, but you just don’t have the cash to splash out on a new pair? well why not DIY them?

In this post I will show you step by step how to change these boring black heels, into something you want to boogie in!!

If you want to see how I done it just keep reading!


You can also watch this step by step tutorial over on my YouTube channel >> TheDesignDiary



I hope you enjoyed this post!

If you like these kind of posts do let me know and I will continue to create them for u!

If you decide to try this out for yourself tag me on Instagram @thedesigndairy_ so I can see what creation you came up with!

Thank you for reading,



How To Make A Bodice Block!

Today’s post is the second post in my new Design Diary series! In my last post I showed you how to draft your own skirt block, and today I am going to show you how to draft your own bodice block!

This bodice block can be used to create many kinds of tops, from t-shirts to peplums!

Like the last post I have linked a downloadable file of this step by step guide which you can have for free to help you when making your own block!

If you struggle to follow the steps you can also check out my YouTube video, which is also a step by step guide!




Download: Dropbox

I hope you enjoy creating and keep an eye out for my next few videos, which will be a follow-up from the bodice block!

Thank you for reading!


Spring/Summer Trends 2018

Spring is finally here, and it is time to change-up our wardrobe! Whether you are going to buy all new outfits or just work with what you have, hopefully this post will help guide you through the trends hitting us this Spring and Summer!

Lets dive straight into the trends for Spring Summer 2018!!


pastelsTom Ford, Michael Kors & Valentino

When I think of summer I think of light and bright! Pastels take a more elegant approach than bright and bold colours and it is definitely a trend I’m looking forward to! If you follow trends closely you will have noticed pastels slowly creeping into all seasons. A/W 17-18, I noticed a small amount of pastels being mixed into other trends, Emilia Wickstead and Balenciaga both mixed a small amount of pastel into their collections, which I though worked nicely!

How To Style

RiverislandRiver Island

All items above are from River Island. I chose these pastel purple cropped trousers, paired them with a simple print t-shirt and styled it up with these amazing white mule boots, finishing off the look with a small cross body bag. This outfit is a perfect everyday look, which can also be turned into an evening look, by replacing the bag with a clutch and adding a pair of tassel earrings!


slipsAlexander Wang, Diane Von Furstenberg &  Ralph Lauren

Slips are a perfect choice for spring/summer! We have seen slips being styled very differently in the past few years, showing us that they are not just for the evening time but can be worn as casual attire! The styling I loved was the slip with a t-shit as it gave a very 90s feel and this style is sticking around! Buying a slip is almost like an investment, you can make many looks with it and wear it night and day!

How To Style


I wanted to give this look a real 90s vibe, so I went with this baby pink wrap dress. I know it’s not exactly a slip dress, but it is close enough. I paired the dress with a white long sleeve t-shirt and a light wash denim jacket. To finish off the look I chose these off white slip on trainers and a light pink fluffy bag! All these items are from Topshop.

Bold & Bright

brightsCalvin Klein, Marc Jacobs & Versace

I would have been surprised if bright colours didn’t pop up in the S/S trends! I am happy they did, as I usually run away from colours, but I am trying to introduce some colour for the coming months! The designers really went for it this season and I loved all of them, especially the above 3!

How To Style

brightRiver Island

This styling is so different for me as it is definitely something I wouldn’t see on myself, but after putting it together, I kind of love it! I know it will be getting much warmer now, and a heavy coat like the one I chose maybe too heavy, but in Ireland you can never be too prepared! I love this colour palette and it is definitely for someone who likes to go outside the box! What do you think? would you wear it?

Pencil Skirts

skirtFendi, Erdem & Victoria Beckham

There is nothing like a good pencil skirt! I was quite excited to see these skirts coming back in, even though they barely left! But the fact they are a main trend means, we will see so many different styles and takes on the original!

How To Style

riverisland.River Island

This outfit is by far my favourite of this post! I am living for this open front denim skirt and the triple colour jumper, all from River Island! As you can see I snuck in the white mules again, and to be honest I think they complete this outfit!! This outfit is definitely going into to wish list!


transparentDior, Emilia Wickstead & Y Project

Transparent isn’t an unusual trend to see for summer, and I think designers done an amazing job with this trend. My favourite being Emilia Wickstead, the black contrasting with the sheer white is just stunning!

How To Style


Bringing transparent into ready to wear might be a little difficult, as it needs to be suitable. Styling this look was fun, as it reminded me of outfits I wore when I was younger (referring to the wide leg jeans). I chose a cropped transparent poka dot top and this gorgeous black lace bralette to wear under it. I kept the look quite casual by pairing it with white lace up trainers and a black belt with silver detail. All items can be found at Topshop

Denim, Denim & More Denim

denimThierry Mugler, Adam Selman & Tom Ford

Denim is that one thing that will never go out of fashion, but this year they decided to multiply it! Many designers opted for the denim on denim look and to be honest I love it! Some designers like Tom Ford went for a light weight denim, which is probably a good idea considering denim can be quite warm, and wearing a lot of it isn’t something one would want on a hot day!

How To Style


This outfit is quite mismatch, but there is something I just LOVE about it! I went for these awkward cut wide leg light washed denim jeans, a light weight denim camisole and a bright red denim jacket! To finish off the outfit I chose nude pink gumsole trainers, a silver metallic bag and silver oval sunglasses. It is feeling quite 90s!

Other Trends!

The following are other trends that have been seen on the runway for Spring/Summer 2018!

Trench Coats

trenchAlexander McQueen, Simone Rocha & Loewe


plastic.jpgChanel, Valentino & Marc Jacobs


textureBalmain, Elie Saab & YSL


shorts.jpgPaco Rabanne, Chloe & YSL


I hope you enjoyed this post!

What trends are you looking forward to? or what trends do you not want to see? Let me know in the comment section, I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading!




Leather Love!

Ohhh I am so happy it is Fall!! Fall and Winter are my favourite times of the year in regards fashion! I find I can truly be myself during these months, I can wear my leather jackets whenever I want, and I can layer my clothes!

For this post I decided to style my new little number from Zara, and it is this fab faux leather jacket with silver hardware! I got this for my birthday and I’ve been in love ever since!


I have paired the jacket with my River Island cropped black jeans, this new Khaki green jumper from Primark/Penny’s and my new Chelsea style boots, which are also from Primark/Penny’s!



Zara Jacket


Thank you so much for reading!

Love Tanya!


The Design Diary: Testing Dress #2

It has been a while since I done one of these posts! Honestly I hit a wall with the collection and didn’t feel like my designs were going anywhere. I took a break but now I feel like I am starting to get somewhere!

New Samples

To get back into the design process, I went back over my research and started to do new samples, hoping they would drive new ideas!


When I was in college I was introduced to this amazing water-soluble material! It is used as a fabric stabilizer, or to create your own motifs, which is what I had planned to do!


Using the shape of the Titanic museum I came up with simple stitch designs. To create these I simply sewed back and forth on the machine using different colour treads.


I haven’t rinsed the samples yet as I wanted to make a few more on the sample piece to save the material as it is not cheap! When I am dissolving the samples I will photograph the entire process and insert it in the next post!


I planned to hand sew these onto a finished garment as a texture detail, I was thinking of a nude stretch mesh fabric, but I am keeping my options open until I have a final design for the garment!

Design Sketching

After looking over my research I began to do new sketches for the next garment.


I had sketched up a rough idea for the collection and I really liked the 2 dresses in the middle, but I only liked elements from them. I decided to redesign them by mixing the elements together.


I liked the idea of a straight skirt with a train at the back, and the deep v-neck bodice. I wanted to keep the drape detail from the previous designs so I decided to add them to the neckline. I do want to test out a few necklines with different weights of fabric, for example stiffening some Satin.

Toiling Dress #2

Once I had picked the design I began to work on the patterns to toile the dress!


I was very happy with the first toile attempt! The shape is exactly what I wanted and the draped bodice is perfect!


The only change that would need to be made is the length, it is too short for a standard height model.


I am in love with the train, but I would like to make it longer, but for this collection I think it would be best kept at a small size.


This dress I would love to make in a stretch satin, this would give the dress some weight and give the train a better drape! I need to stiffen some satin to see if it would hold the structure on the neckline, hopefully it will work as I really like the satin fabric!

Pricing Process

Pricing is a very important part of creating a collection, this information is used if you are selling into retail or simply selling for yourself! Pricing includes a lot of things from the fabric, to tread and to your labour cost!

IMG_0143-2Take a closer look here: CostingSheet

To make the pricing process easier I created a pricing sheet, which will allow me to simply fill in all the information, which can then be all added up at the end to give my final cost of the garment.

Final Notes

Now that I am finally on a roll again, I am going to work hard to finalise the collection. Once everything is finalised I can then start making the garments and getting the model to try all of them on, to ensure they all fit her perfectly.

Once everything is done my most favourite part can begin, which is the photoshoot!!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya


A/W Trends 17/18

We are nearing the end of the summer, but we are also getting that little bit closer to the Fall season, which means, new fashion! Fall is one of my favourite times of the year, I love the change in the weather and all the comfort it brings along with it!

I thought now would be the perfect time to start looking at the fashion trends that are on their way in, so we can all get our wardrobes ready!


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Saint Laurent & Isabel Marant

There was a lot of sparkle on the runway for A/W this year, a lot of designers are hoping to revive the night-time antics by reintroducing sequins, chain mail, and metallic fabrics! Although I am not too excited about sequins, the chain mail will definitely interest me!

How To Style

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Dress: €69.95 Boots: €39.95

Both of these items are from ZARA, I immediately fell in love with the dress, as I love the simple A-line shape. The dress is made up of sequins, but is in no way tacky! I paired the dress with these metallic silver pointed toe boots, I think the two pair together would make a lovely outfit for a night out with a few friends! (I have had my eyes on these boots for ages!)

The Suit

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Alexander Wang & Stella McCartney

I feel like suits have been popping up a lot lately, but I don’t feel they ever go out of fashion! What I love, is that every time they come back aground, they come around with a new twist! This helps to keep them interesting and makes the suit more fun and less formal!

How To Style

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Jacket: €39.95 Pants: €25.95 Boots: €49.95

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is this ZARA suit!! I have never loved a suit as much as I do this one! The pink with the black detailing is just so pretty and perfect for the modern business woman! The trousers are skinny cropped legs, which would pair really nicely with the boots above!


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Miu Miu & Prada

It looks like That 70’s Show is going to be hitting out clothing outlets soon! 70’s fashion has been another huge inspiration for the runway this year and to be honest I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to the chunky shoes and flare jeans!

How To Style

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Jeans: €60.00 Trainers: €99.95 T-Shirt: €20.00

For this outfit I wanted to go with a simple 70’s look, and when I think of that I think of wide legged jeans and trainers! The Jeans and T-shirt are both from Topshop and fit in with the 70s theme perfectly! The jeans are my favourite from this outfit, I love the high waist with the belt and the frayed hems!

Soft Leather

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Alexander McQueen & Acne Studios

I was very excited when I seen this trend! I love leather jackets and anything with that rock n roll, biker style! Again I feel like leather pops up a lot, but it is a widely used fabric and popular among everyone, whether you like faux or real!

How To Style

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Dress: €45.95 Boots: €49.95 Tights: €9.95

For this outfit I wanted to keep it simple, so I chose this faux leather dress with ruffles from ZARA, I then paired them with the sock boots and fish net tights. This would definitely be something I would wear. You could even pair the outfit with bright coloured boots to add that extra pop!

What do you think of the trends coming this Fall/Winter? Let me know in the comments 😀

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya,




Trend Spotting: Summer Sliders!

Lets be honest, sliders are ugly, but it is the kind of ugly that has made them popular and wanted by many fashion lovers!

Sliders were generally a plain strapped shoe, they were designed for comfort and not for style. Designers and celebrities such as Rihanna have taken the boring slider and given it a complete do over!

Now when you google sliders you will see many different styles, furry, jeweled and even metallic. These new styles have made the slider popular among fashion lovers as it allows them to be stylish but comfortable at the same time!!


Above you can see celebrities Khloe Kardashian, the Olsen twins and Rihanna sporting their sliders! Khloe is wearing simple black furry slider, the Olsen twins are rocking the original Berkenstock sliders and Rihanna its showcasing her Fenty Bow Sliders.

Where To Buy











Forever 21



New Look



How To Style

Topshopoutfit^^All Items are available from Topshop^^


^^ All items are available from Newlook ^^

I personally love the new sliders and I have my eye on the Topshop buckle sliders! I’m already planning outfits in my head!

What do you think of the new fashion sliders? are you a fan or do you think they are too much? let me know 😁😘

Thank you for reading,

Love Tanya






The Design Diary: The Final Skirt!

In my last post I was working on skirt designs, and during my week off I began thinking of ways I could make the skirt have more drape and more folds in its body.


When I was confident that I figured out the best way to do it, I began working on the patterns and I made a toile of the skirt.

The Final Skirt


The skirt toile worked out exactly how I expected and I am over the moon with this design! Although the toile is made in calico, which is slightly heavy, it still has great movement!

Now that I have my final skirt design it is time to start finishing up the top half so I can finally set aside the first outfit.

The Bodice


I really liked the idea of this top (above) as part of the first outfit, so I decided to toile it in 100% cotton, which is lighter than the calico.


The first problem I encountered is the fact that the attached pieces are too heavy for the neckline to hold, but this might fix itself once a facing is added to the inside of the top.

When I paired the top with the skirt, I realised I didn’t like the two together. I feel like a more simple and fitted top would work better with this skirt, simply because the skirt already has so much going on!

I decided to take a different approach this time when designing the top. I cut out and sewed up 2 half bodice tops in calico.

Next I took a marker and began to draw out new necklines and arm holes. I tried to focus on making a wavy neckline and arm hole to add a small bit of character to the plain top without over doing it.

When I cut out around the marker, I decided I didn’t like the style as it just looked messy. I then took the second half of the top as started the process again.

This time I made the waves wider and less intense, I also added a low-cut back.

This one worked out a little better, I want to make a few changes to it but I will do this when I start making a pattern for the top.


I drew up a quick pattern for the top and made the small changes. I decided to make the top in 100% cotton instead of the calico. The reason for this is because I was planning on making the top out of a silk fabric which is much lighter than calico.

The top turned out OK, but again I have found small areas that I am not happy with and would like to change. For example the armhole is a bit big and is slightly revealing. I then paired the top and skirt together.

Paired together they look quite nice, I tucked the top into the skirt because it was too long over the skirt. The top would need to be taken in a good bit to reduce the bulk in the waist. I still feel more pushed towards making a fitted bodice that can be worn inside the waist band of the skirt without added bulk.


I began some design sketches of more fitted tops, some of the designs are quite interesting and I will definitely have to toile them. As I mentioned above I was planning on making the top in a silk fabric, but if it is going to be a fitted bodice it will need to be something a bit more stiff.

Fabric Manipulation


Something I used to love doing was surface detail by manipulating fabric or combining fabric with other unusual materials. I decided I wanted to bring this into my collection because it is something I love doing, so I began by creating fabric samples with raised surfaces.


These samples were created using yarn and a bonding material to hold the layers together. The sample above was inspired by the surface of the Titanic museum building, which you can see in the image below. Once it was all glued together I then sewed along the sides of the risen material.


When the sample was done I pinned it to the mannequin along with the skirt to get an idea what the two would look like together.



I am very happy with the two together and I think now is the time to start toiling the bodice and then re-toiling it with the risen surface! This will be in Part 10.

Fabric Swatches


During the last two weeks my new fabric swatches arrived! Honestly there is nothing like getting new fabric to play with!


I sat down and started going through all the ones I ordered. I then picked out the ones I liked the most. I began placing them together to see if the colours paired well.


After a bit of messing around, chopping and changing the different fabrics and shades, I finally have a solid colour story for my collection! Although this is my finished colour story, some fabrics may not even get used and others may be introduced, as I have said before nothing is ever finished or final!

Final Notes

This week I will be focusing on finishing the first outfit as I have definitely spent too much time on it. Once the first is out of the way the rest seem to flow nicely!

I will have to start a lot of design sketching to get my starting points for the other outfits. I will then be sampling again, but now I have some solid samples which will be worked into some of the other outfits to create a link and to keep the collection pieces closely related to each other!

Thank you for reading

Love, Tanya








It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding!

Last week I attended a wedding for the first time in almost 10 years! I love an excuse to buy an expensive dress and doll myself up to the nines, so you can imagine my excitement coming up to this wedding!

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to wear, I searched high and low for the right dress! I ended up ordering 4 dresses from Littlewoods Ireland, and I fell in love with this gorgeous Myleene Klass dress!

This dress ticked all my boxes and more, when I seen the back detail I was sold!












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Thank you for reading,

Love Tanya


The Design Diary: Customer Board

In the previous post I completed a toile of a skirt, the next step is to work with the skirt on the stand and in Photoshop.

The reason I do this is to further the design development. The first toile is never the finished garment, simply because you are going to want to make changes, whether they are big or small.

Again I use Photoshop to edit the images, here I outlined that I could change the skirt to a long back and short front style. I could also widen the skirt and make it more full using tulle.

The next thing I done was created a few new designs using samples from the previous post, these were the square drapes made from satin. I made several designs for both the top and the skirt.

I really like the designs I created, the skirt design above with all the layered drapes is definitely my favourite! I quickly moved on to new samples, without furthering any of the designs above.

New Samples


In the images above you can see the process I followed to create the following samples. This process is also used to make circle skirts, which is actually what pushed me to create these samples!


I created several styles using paper first! Using paper to test a sample is a very handy and penny saving trick, this way you can test if the sample is worth cutting out in fabric!


Above are the paper samples I created, all of the samples turned out perfect, so I began to test them in the calico fabric


The first sample is a simple square, these samples are small and will be suited for working on the small mannequin.


On the mannequin the sample looks interesting and is definitely worth developing further.


The next sample was a square with the corners cut off.

On the mannequin I tested this sample out on the top half of the body instead of the bottom. I really do like this sample, but I also feel as if I have seen it before.


The next sample is a rectangle shape with a smaller circle cut out, this will allow for better frills.


This sample worked out even better than the previous ones. I would like to see this with a bit more structure!


To make the structured sample, I ironed a fabric stiffener to the back of some calico. I cut out the rectangle shape with the small center, the same as the previous sample.


I was actually a little disappointed with the structured sample. I was expecting it to look more interesting.


Next I decided to test out the square sample in a light fabric and a heavy fabric. The sample above is made from a light chiffon.


Using a light fabric creates a really nice drape! I think this design would look really good if it had more layers using different lengths.


This sample was made from a double backed satin, which is pretty thick.


This sample is very interesting! I personally love structure when it comes to design, especially structured skirts, like that designed by Zac Posen! I’m unsure if I want to have this kind of structure for this collection, but I will definitely refer back to it for later collections.

Design Development


After working with the small samples I decided to do a few sketches based on them. I explored different lengths, layers and bodices.


Choosing the skirt design I liked the most I drew up a quick line up for the first dress. I paired the skirts with my favourite tops I have designed so far. Still unsure about which I like the most I moved on to working on the larger mannequin.

Stand Work


The first sample I made for the larger scale mannequin was the square shape. I was disappointed with how boring it actually looked on the large mannequin. Under the sample is the skirt toile I made in the last post.


The next sample I made was the rectangle shape. This shape definitely looks a lot better than the square! I placed it over the skirt so the long part of the sample was placed at the front and back, while the short ends are on the sides. This design definitely has a lot of potential!

Using the same sample, I simply turned it around so the short ends are at the front and back, and the long ends are at the sides. Again this design has great potential and could be developed further.

I moved on to remove the skirt from underneath the sample. It has lost some volume, but still looks interesting. I think if this sample was to be layered it would look really nice!


I tried to layer the rectangle sample and the square sample together but it didn’t turn out like I expected. The square sample is too flat for it to create a nice drape. I would need to cut out more of the rectangle shapes in different sizes.

I also explored some design ideas for the bodice, I done this using the smaller version of the samples. In the images above you can see both the rectangle samples, stiffened and unstiffened.

I also tried the different weighted samples. To be honest I didn’t like either of them on the bodice. It just reminded me of a clowns collar!

The Customer Board


The final thing I done this week was research for my customer board! A customer board is very important in the design process, and realistically should have been done in the very beginning. I completely forgot because I was too excited to start designing!

The customer board is all about the person you wish to aim your collection at. My collection is evening wear, for occasions such as weddings, cocktail parties and formal events. My customer would be a working woman, who loves her fashion, even at work she still likes to add her own touch to the boring work suit!

She lives in the city and commutes to work instead of driving, she is a very hard worker, but also likes to let her hair down and have fun. Most importantly she loves fashion and is very open to new trends and styles!

Final Notes

Now that I have found some designs that I really like, I will start to design ideas on paper, then I will start to toile them.

I will be taking a week off from The Design Diary as I have a wedding and unfortunately I wont have time to do a lot of work.

I hope you are enjoying The Design Diary so far, and trust me its only going to get better, especially when we get all the fabric!!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya