Xanadu!

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When the Nickelodeon announced it would be sharing this cinematic gem in their First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion series, I won’t lie…I was excited.

XANADU!
XANADU!

A terrible film with a great soundtrack, XANADU tells the story of a would-be artist who meets a muse (Olivia Newton John) and is then inspired to help Gene Kelly open a roller disco.

Yes. That’s it.

The film was a total flop. Part of this was due to Disco being on its way out. But the godawful dialog, lackluster cinematography, and sets that were apparently borrowed from the McAllister Junior High drama department didn’t help.

Oh look! I found a trailer for you (in case you haven’t seen the film/don’t remember it very well)!

When deciding what to wear for this event, I channeled my inner muse.

Oh hai!
Oh hai!

I hopped over to the thrift store (There happens to be one 1 door down from where I work!), hoping to find a peasant dress.

Sadly, all I found was this.

Would you like more coffee, Mr. Hamilton?
Would you like more coffee, Mr. Hamilton?

So this is clearly more 70’s office than a peasant dress…but bear with me!

I lopped off that neck tie thingy.

Snip!
Snip!

Then, I snipped a little more to widen the neck a bit.

More snips!
More snips!

I grabbed some thin elastic…

Just a lil leftover elastic.
Just a lil leftover elastic.

…and stitched it down about .5″ from the top of the neckline. To do this, you just stitch a straight line while pulling the elastic just a little so the top will gather.

Feed it through like this!
Feed it through like this!
See?
See?

This left me with a lovely peasant-y neckline.

Pretty!
Pretty!

I cut a slit up the side, channeling ONJ’s costume.

Sllllllit!
Sllllllit!

And we’re almost done!

I scored these disco-y platforms for $2 along with my dress.

Still Life with Lysol
Still Life with Lysol

They looked like they had been worn maybe one time. So, I used my cleaning wipes to get them nice and sanitary. :)

No germs here!
No germs here!

I tossed on my dress, pushing the sleeves up above my elbows to make them blousy, and tied the neck tie thing around my waist.

But even with those sweet shoes, I was missing something…

Fashion Dog.
Fashion Dog.

Luckily, Doulas was nice enough to let me borrow his scarf for the evening to complete my costume. ;)

XANADU!
XANADU!

Not bad for a $4 investment!

Such wonder!
Such wonder!
Now we are here...
Now we are here…
Hey Jillian! You look great!
Hey Jillian! You look great!
Thanks Kira!
Thanks Kira!

See? Sometimes all you need is just a little creativity to make a fun costume…even at the last minute!

Cheers!

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34 thoughts on “Xanadu!

  1. What a way to start off the new year – refashions AND Xanadu! I saw the movie when it came out back in the day, but I couldn’t help myself & had to watch the trailer :) That dress – so appropriate – and those SHOES! Love it all – especially the part about one full year of refashions, plus one – Leap Year YAY!! Looking forward to it. And glad to know I’m not the only one who borrows from my dog’s closet ;) Douglas has impeccable taste.

  2. Xanadu is one of my favorite movies! The Don Bluth animation sequence alone is gold! And the soundtrack is so, so good. It was one of the things (along with Clash of the Titans) that got me into Greek Mythology as a little kid.
    Your dress looks great!

  3. I like the idea behind this one but I feel like it looks a little disproportionate/unfinished in the bust/waist area.
    It’s a nice quick attempt though. Maybe just not my style. :)

  4. Oh my that white thing must have been pure polyester! Don’t go to the near to any candles, open fire or even a radiator. You did a good job with a bad dress though and I do love those shoes even though I could not walk a step with them Karen x

  5. Loved the movie and love the homage via your peasant dress! But more importantly, have you seen Michael Beck lately? Google him; he’s got even better looking as he got older and ONJ is still a beauty….hmmmmm, I wonder if they’d get back together and do another Xandadu! They’d still make a cute couple.

  6. What Fun!! Got my own DVD of Xanadu it is such an escape movie, pure fun. Now if only they would show Brigadoon more often!! And Singing in the rain, lol no worries got my own copies of those too!

  7. I never saw the movie but I remember liking the song back in the day. And OMG – I thought Andy Gibb starred in it LOL! Michael Beck – I loved him in the Warriors movie.

    Love the shoes too! But not for wearing – as I gave up heels that high long ago because I like my neck unbroken thank you. I would stuff it and make it a display for brooches. You look fab in them!

  8. I love Xanadu!!! The soundtrack alone is worth it. It has Gene Kelly in it… What more could you want!?! You look fabulous in your costume :D

  9. I have been stalking your blog like crazy because I love the things you do and you have inspired me to try doing my own refashioning. So I went to a local thrift store and bought a bunch of clothing and even scored a 100% silk dress. When I got home with the clothing, I realized that they smelled of perfume and I was wondering if you have any tips on getting the perfume smell out of them.

    Thank you,

    Debra

    1. For the silk dress, take it to your dry cleaners. For the others, try using oxyclean. The enzymes might help. Vinegar can help too. Another thing to try is to air them out in the sun.

  10. So used to watch this all the time as a weird child! You nailed it! ❤️✌️ Thank you for doing another sewing challenge this year! It love them so much!!

  11. Another great creation from your vision & talent! Totally agree about Xanadu. Terrible movie but fantastic soundtrack…haven’t seen it in years, but will still enjoy a good viewing, even with all the cringe worthy moments!

  12. Well, sorry, but platforms were NOT part of the look in 1979-80. The All Over the World scene in the movie was at the Fiorucci store on L A which showed the look of the period perfectly: the curious but fantastic style that superseded the earlier 70s looks and preceded the 80s.

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