14-year-old makes older sister custom dress to wear to prom: 'Her date was even taken aback'

Mikayla Lewis, 18, was prepared to find the perfect dress for her senior prom the traditional way, like on the internet or at a department store. But thanks to her younger sister she got to stand out and wear something truly unique.

Courtney Lewis, 14, goes to art school and had been subtly hinting to her older sister that she wanted to make her something. However, according to their mother, Crystal Lewis, Courtney’s pleas fell on deaf ears.

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“Courtney has always been interested in the arts. She attended a performing arts middle school as a theater major. She's done make up for a mega church theater production. So it was no surprise that Courtney would ask to take on the task of making her sister’s dress,” Crystal tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “I was worried at first because of the lack of experience in dress making. Courtney had only made a few pillows and skirts prior to the dress.”

When Mikayla decided to take her little sister seriously, the two started collaborating on what the dress could look like. And when Courtney created her first sketches of it back in November, both Mikayla and her mom saw Courtney’s potential.

Photo courtesy of Crystal Lewis

“Courtney first sat with Mikayla and looked at different types of dresses that Mikayla liked. She wanted to get a sense of what style appealed to Mikayla,” Crystal explains. “They went through several rough drafts [of the sketch] before they finalized one.”

From there, Courtney worked with her cousin Syreeta (she has her own line called Syreeta C Fashion), who became her mentor throughout the process. Crystal ensures though that when it came to the making of the dress, it was all Courtney.

“I was only around for motivation, transportation and to purchase supplies needed,” she says.

The motivation fron Syreeta and Crystal, however, was a crucial part of the process. Especially when Courtney was admitted to the hospital in both December and March as a result of having type 1 diabetes. Still, Crystal says that her younger daughter persevered to make sure that the dress was completed, and perfect, by April 26.

Photo courtesy of Crystal Lewis

“The dress came out more beautiful than I could have imagined,” Crystal says. “We had about 25 people at our house on prom night, and when Mikayla walked up the steps the family screamed in excitement. We think her date was even taken a back.”

Now, Courtney is already receiving recognition from people who have seen her design online, and is already thinking about her next project.

“Courtney is going to keep doing what she loves,” Crystal says. “I'm glad to see that her time has finally come!”

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High school seniors cross a gymnasium floor in a double file line at their prom dance.
A young girl is showing off her prom dress to her parents in the living room. She is wearing a tiara, a chiffon dress, and a pair of high heels.
A young man escorts his date out of his car for the Prom. The young woman is seen wearing a pair of silk white gloves. 
A picture of the school gym decorated for prom with streamers hanging from the ceiling.
A young boy is helping his date with her white shawl over her shoulders. 
Singer Elvis Presley attends his girlfriend Dixie Locke's junior prom on May 6, 1955 in Memphis, TN. Elvis is wearing a white suit jacket with a black bow tie. 
The band "Classic IV" is performing at a "yuppie prom" in 1969. A yuppie prom was an event to poke fun at serious high school proms in the 60s.
A couple is getting ready to pose at their high school prom. The young woman is wearing a long yellow dress with a wrist corsage.
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Two young women are photographed in feminine eyelet halter dress for prom with decorative flowers in their hair.
Stephanie Thomas, 18, puts the finishing touches on her hair in preparation for her senior prom. As you can see, the style in the 80's was big hair.
The cast of "All My Children" celebrate prom night during a shoot. The young woman played by Kim Delaney is wearing a strapless gown with her hair pushed away from her face with a headband.
Two young women talk outside their prom while other guests are waiting to enter. The dresses were traditionally full gowns with lots of tulle underneath.
Actors Scott Weinger and Candace Cameron of the famed show "Full House" pose for a photo from their "Prom Night" episode, in a sleek back tux and off-the-shoulder dress.
In a SNL spoof of prom, actor Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri are seen slow dancing during their "Always and Forever" prom. Cheri's over the top pink dress and Will's blue pastel tux are certainly cause for laughter.
In a candid moment, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of US President Bill Clinton attends a friend's pre-prom party at a private home in Maryland. Chelsea is seen wearing a black top with a floral floor length skirt.
Students at a high school in Denver are seen entering their prom. The young man is wearing a pair of white gloves and a cowboy hat while the young woman is wearing a form-fitting pink gown.
A tradition that started in the late 90's, the young women line up on the stairs while striking a pose for their parents.
American actress June Haver wears a printed, high-waist bikini in 1950. 
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In the hit TV show "The OC" two of its stars are seen sitting on the steps in silk gowns.
Marilyn Monroe lounges in a high-waisted bikini, a popular 1950s style that's starting to make it's way back into fashion. 
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In some area's of the country, prom is far more casual than it used to be. During the show "Pretty Little Liars" the two women are wearing unique casual dresses to the event.
Actress Debbie Reynolds models a pair of mid-rise briefs in 1960. 
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Actress Stella Stevens wears a bold, graphic print bikini. 
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British actress Jill Ireland models an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini in 1960.
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Actress Vera Miles wears a metallic style in 1960. 
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Priscilla Presley models a denim bikini during a photo shoot at her home in the 1970s. 
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Actress Raquel Welch models a more revealing style in 1968. 
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A good polka dot print never goes out of style. 
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Girls on vacation lounge by the pool in neon high-waisted bikinis, 1965. Aside from the hairstyles, doesn't look too much different than an image you might see today! 
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Marie Chantal Miller, future wife of Prince Pavlos of Greece, wears a color-blocked style in 1992. 
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The members of Destiny's Child pair their swimwear with denim in 2000. 
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A swimwear model tries on a white bikini in 1971. We love the lingerie inspired look! 
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Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel in 2012. 
The best part of a bandeau style is no tan lines! Here it is in the 1970s. 
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n 1955, ruffles were all the rage. 
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The cast of Saved By the Bell hangs out by the beach in some seriously high-cut swimwear in 1992. 
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Kim Kardashian, the queen of bikini bodies, pairs a sarong with her black and white two-piece and oversize shades in 2012. 

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