The costume shop on the UC Davis campus is a part of the Department of Theatre and Dance. The fully operable shop is in the basement of Wright Hall and overseen by supervisor Roxanne Femling. The shop has an inventory of over 15,000 garments and accessories, and new pieces are being added perpetually, as new shows require new designs. Students usually design for shows after fulfilling certain prerequisites, including Professor Maggie Morgan's costume design classes. Students designing in the shop pull from the shop inventory when looking to fulfill their artistic vision, but also create original costume pieces. Pulled pieces are often altered drastically. Original costume pieces are often added to the inventory post-show.
Each costume produced in the shop is fitted specifically for the actor who will wear it. All parts of the costume are made to function for each need of a production as well. Alterations are not uncommon after an actor has come in for fittings.
Staff member McKayla Butym (Cutter/Tailor/Draper) is a master craftsperson of the costume trade and is almost always present in the shop, working to meet design deadlines. In addition, she is constantly assisting students who are working as stitchers and costume design assistants for Drama 30 and Drama 180 units.