What Happens When You Live with a 24-year-old Costume Designer?

By Megan Weyrauch on June 18, 2013

My apartment roommate is wonderful. Not only does she have a great personality, but she is extremely artistic and also happens to be a costume designer. I know what you are wondering: “What happens when you live with a 24-year-old costume designer?” Never fear, for I will break it down for you.

When you live with a costume designer…

1. You get dressed up like a mannequin.

If you are like me, this is one of the most beneficial parts of living with a costume designer. My roommate knows fashion like no one else that I know, which means that this wisdom is imparted to me daily (see #5). I love when my roommate helps me create outfits, or better yet, lets me borrow clothing when we go out on the town. Borrowing clothes is exceptionally easy with a costume designer; they want to help you look good, and they have the style sense to do so. Let your roomie give you daily makeovers; when else will you get such an accessible fashion opportunity to experiment on your style with an expert?

2. Your living room periodically transforms into a costume warehouse.

Are you in the wrong apartment? Nope–your roommate is just at it again. Don’t be surprised to open your front door and find a fully functional costume warehouse where your living room once stood. Your living room is still there, I assure you—just look under the piles of sewing materials, dresses, fabrics and pants, and voilà. This adds suspense to your daily life; when you come home from a long day at work, will your apartment look normal or like a circus? I admit this is more entertaining than it sounds; why come home to the same old living room everyday when you could open your door to Santa’s workshop? It’s sort of like a game show. (What’s behind door number one? Costumes! And tons of them.)

3. Driving to go out to eat involves cleaning out your roommate’s car, which is now also a costume warehouse.

Every costume designer needs a trusty car to transport them and their creations between gigs. Be warned, though, that when the living room warehouse has exceeded its limitations, or when it is time for transporting, your roommate’s car will be full to the brim with fabrics and fake armor. Prepare yourself to drive, just in case your pangs of hunger exceed the limit you wish to wait for workshop number two to be cleared out. I could wait an impressive five minutes; however, I have never experienced such a wait time as my roommate is an exceptional front seat space-maker.

4. Needles will find their way into the bottom of your feet. Also stick pins probably.

At some point in your roommate-ship, you will inevitably step on some sort of sharp object that held together so-and-so’s act one dress. If you’re lucky, your designer will also come bearing a stash of band-aids and hydrogen peroxide to bubble out the culprit. Plus, it makes for a potentially great bonding moment (jokes about sticking together and sowing the seeds of friendship come to mind). Luckily, the temporary pain is more something to laugh about than to shout about; I would even go so far as to blame you for forgetting that your living room is a costume warehouse, so you should watch where you are stepping.

5. You learn what fashion really is.

Before my fashion savvy roommate interrupted my mismatched socks reality, fashion meant something different to me than it currently does. I am learning that fashion is a real thing, not just silly pieces of clothing thrown together in different patterns and colors named “fashion.”  It requires an ample amount of time to design the costumes, or fashion, for a play. Not only must the designer work alongside directors and actors to develop the show concept, they must also research and add innovative ideas to their work. While fashion seemed before like an intimidating concept, I feel like I now understand why people take the time to focus on their style.

So, what is it like to live with a 24-year-old costume designer? Exciting, unpredictable, humorous, educational and a little painful—only when you step on something, of course. See for yourself! Invest in a costume designer today.

Happy living!






Hello! I served as the Director of News/Managing Editor for Uloop News from 2013 until 2017. I recruited writers, edited many articles, managed interns, and led our National Team. When I'm not writing or editing, I love to take part in community theater, read, and enjoy the outdoors with my husband Kevin. I have a Bachelor's degree in English and Professional Writing from Ohio State University and an M.Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Wright State University.

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