Sew Caroline Out and About Dress

The dilemma of dressing for a scientific conference? There’s no dress code, requirements are ambiguous, and options infinite. Let’s also not forget about dressing for your age too. Luckily I’m no longer in my 20s! Because of the insurmountable challenge, women tend to just wear drab black in order to not be noticed. But let’s face it, we are judged by what we wear even though there’s no set standard and it is not just the men that judge, but women as well. Want to be totally offended? Read this article about a male scientist who thought all the female scientists were totally unattractive. Or this article where a female scientist calls out other women for looking like slutty secretaries. I’m in a bit of a panic over my choices, because I’m not going with the black garb, but I think it’ll be OK.

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Pasta Alfredo

Have you seen the movie, The Holiday? Not sure where the “Christmas Fettuccine” joke comes from but I thought since Christmas is just around the corner, I’d share my super simple pasta alfredo recipe. This recipe is fantastic especially if you add some fresh arugula or spinach, sautéed mushrooms, and bacon!

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Kwik Sew 3977 Drape Front Jacket

It is definitely winter in Utah now. Last year I had two goals for sewing: pants and button-down shirts. If you follow this blog any, you know all about my pant adventures and you can read about my favorite button-down shirt pattern here. After last year, I really need to learn how to start styling my outfits and getting more variety in my closet. I’ve tried to make several classic cardigans, but they’ve all turned out awful. I hate how cardigans look on me. Some people can pull off the look…I can’t. On a whim, I decided to try something totally new, a blanket style jacket. Because I spend a lot of time commuting with a backpack, I needed actual sleeves on my jacket. I was really inspired by these looks:

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Pumpkin Pie from Sugar Pumpkins

Another favorite pie of mine is pumpkin pie! I’ve perfected the recipe years ago and would love to share it with you! Earlier this year, we received a bounty of fresh pumpkins from our in-laws. We roasted and pureed the pumpkins, divided the puree into 15 ounces, and froze it in ziplock bags. This has been a fantastic treat to be able to pull out a small bag of pumpkin puree and quickly make pie or muffins or whatever.

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