Brother Designs, Hand Sews Dress For Sister’s Prom When Family Can’t Afford To Buy One

When a Filipino family couldn’t afford to buy or rent a dress for their teenage daughter’s prom, her older brother stepped in to construct her the most extraordinary gown — a ball gown more complex and gorgeous than anything she could have imagined, really suitable for a princess.

girl stands in her prom dress her brother made for her, he stands next to her

Maverick In this fairy tale story, Francisco Oyao, the kind elder brother, explained that he and his younger sister have always been close. “She’s my go-to gal.” We have similar energies and share similar secrets. That’s why, as her brother, I want the very best for her.”

“I was disheartened to see my little sister concerned about missing out on the promenade,” Maverick tells Love What Matters. “That is why I accepted the duty of fulfilling her dream.”

sketch of idea for prom dress before starting

While his sister’s preferences remained top of mind, Oyao said the gorgeous blue, butterfly-like garment was inspired by Mr. Michael Cinco’s spring collection. (He says his greatest ambition is to meet the designer and have a conversation with him about the fashion industry.)

Fabric is quite inexpensive in the Philippines, according to Maverick, which is why the resourceful young man was still able to gift his sister with the prom dress of her dreams. The labor of love became a reality after finding inexpensive materials and being ready to spend hours hand stitching the complex outfit.

Maverick’s mother could sew gowns, and Oyao credits her with inspiring his vision and creativity. Even with these presents, the dress was still a huge undertaking, one that the brother didn’t know where to begin and almost gave up on.

pieces of fabric for skirt of dress laid out before sewing

dress making process, making flowers to add on

But knowing how much it would mean to his sister, Maverick persevered. He’d come home from school and spend hours working on it. He covered nine pieces of fabric in a lattice design of satin ribbon for the dress. The flowers were then stitched on top with beaded centers. To match the skirt portion of the dress, the bodice was hand painted with a blue ombre.

top part of prom dress laid out and being painted to add color

Maverick persisted, knowing how much it meant to his sister. He’d come home from school and work on it for hours. He covered nine pieces of fabric in a lattice design of satin ribbon for the dress. Flowers with beaded centers were then stitched on top. The bodice was hand painted with a blue ombre to match the skirt portion of the dress.

girl stands in skirt of prom dress as it is in progress

work in progress prom dress sitting on mannequin

“We were both sobbing on the day of the promenade while we were dressing her up,” Maverick tells Love What Matters. “Seeing the gown come to life and seeing my sister cry with excitement is exactly why I designed the gown for her.”

The caring older brother, however, did not stop there. He wants to make a YouTube video (once he can fix his phone!) showing how to make a DIY dress so that anyone can do it and every teen girl can go to prom in a beautiful gown.

“I’m fortunate to have her, and she’s fortunate to have me,” Maverick adds. “And to all the brothers out there, let us treat our little sisters like princesses!”



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