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For most of us, upcycling, transforming a old, outdated, or unflattering garment and turning it into something updated and modern, is not a new technique. However, new eyes are turning to this trend as even (future) royalty are embracing it. Recently, Kate Middleton stepped out in an altered herringbone coat which not only has people talking, but is sparking a new interest in refashioning an existing wardrobe. Don’t quite know where to start? Check out Little Green Dresses: 50 Original Patterns for Repurposed Dresses, Tops, Skirts, and More, Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials, and ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs for great tips and the inspiration to get you started!

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    Mar 7, 2011, 05.59 PMby eamcnair

    I got to review Little Green Dresses for my blog, and I totally want to try some of the projects from there. I’m excited to see that even an almost princess has the same ideas about re-using old clothing.

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    Mar 5, 2011, 09.39 PMby bootycrewqueen

    I love thrift shops!

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    Mar 2, 2011, 03.57 PMby bhghatesyou

    i think that attention the wedding is getting is a bit much, but when you tihnk of how rare a royal wedding is i can see how it could grow to be a really big thing. i will say tho every time i see kate i like her a little more. i love that she is more an “average woman” and not some princess that looks like she is above all the rest of the people. i hope its not an act and i hope she will stay grounded for the rest of her life and not get to wrapped up in the pomp of being a royal

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    Mar 2, 2011, 03.57 PMby bhghatesyou

    i think that attention the wedding is getting is a bit much, but when you tihnk of how rare a royal wedding is i can see how it could grow to be a really big thing. i will say tho every time i see kate i like her a little more. i love that she is more an “average woman” and not some princess that looks like she is above all the rest of the people. i hope its not an act and i hope she will stay grounded for the rest of her life and not get to wrapped up in the pomp of being a royal

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    Mar 2, 2011, 03.57 PMby bhghatesyou

    i think that attention the wedding is getting is a bit much, but when you tihnk of how rare a royal wedding is i can see how it could grow to be a really big thing. i will say tho every time i see kate i like her a little more. i love that she is more an “average woman” and not some princess that looks like she is above all the rest of the people. i hope its not an act and i hope she will stay grounded for the rest of her life and not get to wrapped up in the pomp of being a royal

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    Mar 1, 2011, 10.44 PMby milnay3

    Oooh, I’ve added those books to my wish list.. now I just need a birthday to come around!

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    Mar 1, 2011, 06.53 PMby carottesauvage

    yeah yeah… I am surely not taken over by this post. How many seamstress from Saville Row and Chelsea at her service (and spin doctors/nurses)? To be a wet blanket here: British Economy is hailing, public cuts everywhere… still the taxpayer is supporting the Royals’ way of life. She is clever though, she heard of Marie Antoinette. In time of economical upheavals better not display luxury in front of the plebs…

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      Mar 2, 2011, 02.19 PMby victors

      with you on that one. this wedding business is irritating me already. People oohing and ahhing over what she wears but they forget they will be paying for her wardrobe shortly, along with her transport, security, holidays etc.

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    Mar 1, 2011, 11.18 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    I’m glad to see the (soon-to-be) Princess is into upcycling. : )

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