How to Make "Three Amigos" Costumes

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The 1986 movie "Three Amigos" sees three out-of-work actors, played by Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short, head to Mexico to play heroes, only to discover that everyone thinks they are real-life adventurers who are expected to save the day. The characters don distinctive outfits that make a great fancy-dress costume -- just be sure no one mistakes you for a real crime fighter while you are wearing it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Black suit jacket
  • Black trousers
  • White shirt with ruffles down the front
  • Ladies' red headscarf
  • Red cummerbund
  • Black belt
  • Black sombrero
  • Black shoes
  • Silver fabric pen
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Cotton

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  1. 1

    Cut the bottom off the suit jacket, so it is the length of a bolero and sits just above your waist. Sew this edge.

  2. 2

    Use the fabric pen to draw an elaborate swirly pattern in a line along the centre of the left arm. Include loops as if you are drawing a coil. Draw two more patterns in a line either side of this one. Repeat on the right arm.

  3. 3

    Draw a silver swirly pattern in a line vertically along the left and right lapels of the jacket. Add shorter swirly patterns at the side of the lapels on the bottom half of the jacket.

  4. 4

    Draw a silver swirly line along the outer seam of the left leg of the trousers. Draw another line either side of this one. Repeat on the right leg.

  5. 5

    Using the swirly pattern style, draw a silver eagle on the front of the sombrero.

  6. 6

    Put on the shirt, trousers, jacket, shoes, belt, cummerbund and sombrero. Tie the scarf in a knot around your neck so the knot is in front of your neck and the two sides of the scarf fall either side.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to add a gun to the costume, get a pretend gun and holster from a toy or fancy-dress store.
  • Use an old suit or buy a second-hand one.
  • Look at pictures from the movie for an idea of what the silver patterns look like.

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