I’ve always wanted to make this Three Amigos costume ever since I saw the movie years ago. I just had to figure out how I was going to pull it off. And have 3 willing participants – My husband and his two best friends were all for it.
I started with having the guys get a black suit at a second-hand store. I cut the jacket off to make it a bolero. Then bought all the silver fabric paint I could find. Them piped the paint on the jackets and pants as close to the original patterns that I could.
I made ruffled shirts out of regular white dress shirts and red ties and cumber buns. I made belts and holsters out of black vinyl and also added the silver paint. I also bought toy cap guns.
The hats were the trickiest. I could not find black felt sombreros, at least not anywhere close to where I live. I got regular straw sombreros and glued black felt on to them. For the top I sewed a cap that fit over the top then glued the trim and painted the designs to match the suits.
In the movie, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short all had different patterns on their suits and hats.
The guys had so much fun in their Three Amigos costumes that they will find any excuse to wear them. They also learned the “My little buttercup” song from the movie and had the guts to walk into a cowboy bar and start to perform. It was just like in the movie. Everyone stopped what they were doing when they walked in. You could hear a pin drop. They won first place that night.