Local homemakers see red in May

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By Mary Barczak

SHEPHERDSVILLE--For the second year in a row, the Bullitt County Extension Homemakers have taken a special-type of volunteering into their own hands.


Clubs such as Sew Busy, Heritage Homemakers, Cedar Grove, Crafty Ladies and the Crazy Quilters all participated in making little red dresses for the Go Red for Women Luncheon in May.

This year Bullitt County made a total of 40.

President of the local Homemakers, Linda Ellis, said  the ladies enjoy coming up creative ways to construct a dress.

“It’s just fun,” she said. “It’s kind of like making doll clothes and it’s for a good cause.”

The Shepherdsville resident said they usually begin by looking at photos of red dresses and then begin from there.

This year they have constructed dresses from everything from fabric and artifical flower petals to pipe cleaners.

The dresses will adorn a little back wire mannequin which will be the centerpiece for the tables at the lunch.

Ellis said there was no limit on how many dresses they could make just as long as it was red. She said the various clubs meet a couple times a month for hours at a time to work on their dress and some also took theirs home to finish.

There is a contest for the best “dress” in six different categories including People’s Choice and Best Cocktail Dress.

Director of the event, Jane Merman, said the red dress is an important symbol for the Go Red movement so they began the red dress centerpieces in 2007.

“We will have more than 100 centerpieces made for the luncheon this year. That is a record for us, “ she said.

Ellis said one entry from Bullitt County won an award last year and they hope to have even more this year.

“We are always looking for different ways to volunteer  and it’s an easy task for us, being sewers,” she said.