Parents can’t afford to buy teen a dress for prom, so her brother made her one instead

Two years ago, a man from the Philippines did something really sweet for his younger sister on Valentine’s Day. He didn’t give her flowers or chocolates, but he gifted her with something more meaningful—a dress handmade by him!

Maverick Francisco Oyao, his sister Lu Asey, and their parents live a simple life in the Philippines.

When Lu Asey’s announced the date for their upcoming Junior and Senior Prom, the girl felt excited as she had been looking forward to it.

Maverick Francisco Oyao in a New Year party

They were however required to wear a ball dress to the event. This will cost a lot of money to rent and even to purchase.

Maverick knew his parents couldn’t afford either, so he feared that Lu Asey might not be able to attend the much-anticipated occasion.

Maverick was 21 years old at the time and knew his sister would love to be at the prom. He decided to do it himself. He was forced to make the dress because of their financial situation.

A blue fabric textile for the prom dress

Maverick was not an expert at making them, but he accepted the challenge. He searched for different types of ball dresses on YouTube and Google and was inspired by Michael Cinco’s Spring and Summer collection. Based on this, he began to conceptualize the design of the gown.

He was able to get financial assistance from several people, which enabled him to purchase the materials and complete the project on time.

Cut out patterns starting to materialize

“I didn’t expect that I can do this on time,” Maverick wrote in a Facebook post. “I even doubted myself if I can do this or not because the concept is different from what is already being done. But God is good. He did not abandon me.”

The prom’s theme was a winter ball, so Maverick decided to stick to blue and white hues. Maverick wasn’t a designer; he was studying Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education and relied solely on his talent and creativity to create the dress.

The skirt of a handmade gown

The gown began to take shape day by day. Maverick wanted the gown to be a focal point for his sister, so he made a royal blue poofy and accented it with white satin ribbons. To make the dress stand out, he added crystal beads and white roses to it with a scattered pattern.

Maverick painted the bodice top in a stunning blue and white ombré pattern. To complete the look, he added dramatic butterfly sleeves.

The skirt of a handmade gown

After a week and a half of hard work, Maverick’s masterpiece was complete—he had successfully made a breathtaking prom dress for his sister from scratch!

The event’s date fell on Valentine’s Day, and Lu Asey proudly posed for photos donning her custom-made dress.

Lu Asey Francisco wearing her handmade winter ball gown

“I will never get tired of supporting you, that’s your brother’s promise to you,” Maverick wrote on Facebook, addressing Lu Asey.

“I hope I make you happy this Valentine’s Day. Even though we didn’t get your wish for the best dress but for me it was the best dress and the best because you are wearing it. Your brother loves you so much.”

Maverick Francisco Oyao and Lu Asey Francisco Oyao

Maverick shared the story as well as photos of his dressmaking process through social media. He was praised for his amazing skills and his sweet efforts as a big sister.

Many people congratulated him on his extraordinary talent and creativity.

“I am beyond grateful reading all ur positive comments and compliments guys,” he wrote in the comments.

“Thank you for appreciating my good deeds and thank you for listening and reading my story. I am so happy knowing that I have inspire many people.”

The sister with her prom night partner

This touching story of sibling love is so inspiring! Maverick deserves a special thank you for everything he did to make his sister’s day memorable.

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