49-Cent Friday Refashion: Lumberjack Swants (Sweater Pants)

By now I’m sure a lot of you have heard about “Swants”.

Not familiar? Maybe this will help…

And of course there’s the Swants Dance:

When I saw this crazy video, and grasped the concept of Swants for the first time, I couldn’t wait to make myself a pair.

And I had the perfect thing in mind to create them from:

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Do I look like a lumberjack?

Notice the huge stack of banana boxes behind me? They’re what’s left of all my wool sweaters (although a lot of them are now sweater pieces).
After scouring through my sweater stash, I found this awesome lumberjack-looking sweater coat and thought it would make a fetching pair of Swants.

Now I know that I’m being a bit untraditional in that my “sweater” is more of a jacket or blazer, but I loved the print and decided it would just have to do.

It’s made of 90% wool, which makes it very warm, and 10% nylon, which gives it just enough stretch to make a very comfortable pair of pants.

For any of you who’ve seen the original Swant tutorial created by Stephen West of Westknits, you’ll know that I’m going to have to make mine a bit differently since my “sweater” (if you will), isn’t a pullover.

But that’s okay with me.

The first thing I did was try on my soon-to-be-Swants…

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Smexy

After seeing how far the sleeves came up on my legs, I chopped them off (the sleeves, not my legs).

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Chop chop!

I then separated the back panel from the front panels…

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Disassembling complete!

I grabbed a pair of skinny jeans (that I refashioned back in August)Β to use as a guide, and cut out my pieces accordingly…

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

As you can see, I laid the sleeve on top of the bottom portion of pant leg, to help me see how much to cut out for the top-portion of the pants.

I wanted to make sure and use the front panels of the sweater for the back portion of the pants, so that I could incorporate the pockets. After all, I hate pants with no pockets!

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Cutting out all the pieces.

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

2 pieces for the front…

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

… and 2 pieces for the back

Once all of my pieces were cut out, I pinned the front pieces together (matching right sides), and also pinned the back pieces together (matching right sides):

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Pinned and ready to sew.

First I stitched the front pieces together and then the back pieces together…

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Whirrrr

Then I pinned the front and back together at the inseam…

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Pinned!

After stitching the inseam together quickly with my machine, I then pinned and stitched the outer seams of both pant legs…

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Stitch those shorts!

After trying on my new lumberjack shorts to make sure they fit, I grabbed the sleeves (new pant legs), and slipped them into the legs of the shorts, matching right-sides together and pinned them in place where I would be sewing them.
Then I ran each leg through my sewing machine…

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Remember, right-sides together.

Once the sleeves were sewn on and transformed into the pant legs, the Swants were almost finished!

I wanted them to have a really comfy waistband, so I looked through my sweater stash once more, and found this…

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

100% Merino Wool.

As you can see, this 100% Merino Wool sweater has shrunken quite small! I knew that the bottom half would be the perfect waistband for my new Swants.

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Chop!

After the choppage was complete, I pinned that new waistband onto my Swants like so…

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Once it was pinned in place properly, I seam-ripped the tag off of there, and ran that puppy through my machine…

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Whirrr.

…and voilΓ‘!

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Super comfy waistband

I love this waistband. It’s nice and snug (without being too tight), so I can bend and squat without gappage or worry.

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Another favorite thing is the pockets.
Have I mentioned that I HATE pants without pockets? It drives me bonkers.
The pocket placement isn’t perfect, but I guess it works.

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

Pockets!

These are definitely warm and comfy! Considering how much I hate being cold, I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of them for sure!

So what do you think of sweater pants? Would you make or wear them?

Just a reminder to head on over to the Diary of a MadMama Facebook page and enter the giveaway I’m hosting right now. There are 3 handmade items up for grabs (made just for you by yours truly). You can enter daily through February 9th, when I will announce the winner.

You can get more information on the items up for grabs in the giveaway by reading the Blogiversary and Giveaway post.

Have a lovely weekend!

~Jen

Lumberjack Swants Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama

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41 thoughts on “49-Cent Friday Refashion: Lumberjack Swants (Sweater Pants)

    • Ooh, I hope you do! I would love to see your version!
      I’d like to make some more out of actual pullover sweaters using the original tutorial, but I need to find a sweater that I haven’t already cut into first! πŸ˜‰

    • Wow! Thanks Rhonda! What a compliment! πŸ™‚
      When I searched “Swants” before typing up this post, I noticed that most of the images that came up were pretty ugly, and I think that’s kind of the point, but I wanted to make a pair that I wouldn’t be embarrassed wearing out in public and were still super comfy. πŸ˜‰

      • I totally agree with Rhonda!
        I am no longer a teen-ager (not at all!!!), but I would wear your swants without being embarassed.
        Thank you for sharing,
        Irma from Italy

  1. I just love your posts! Whenever it gets to be Friday and I see your 49c refashion post pop up in my feed, I get so happy!

    I’m glad you chopped off the sweater arms and not your legs. πŸ™‚

  2. Great job Jen, I was wondering how you were going to get all of the pieces together from that jacket! Truthfully, I hate the swants trend…but these actually look pretty cute! πŸ™‚

      • I think you certainly accomplished that! πŸ™‚ We barely get weather cold enough down here to warrant even making a pair, but if that weren’t the case, I would wear your version. πŸ™‚

  3. SWANTS!! I have never heard of such a thing! These are so great looking! I actually love plaid/tartan trousers, I have a few pairs. And, that waistband? Looks absolutely deliciously comfortable!

    • Well thanks! Definitely most comfy pair I own! I also love plaid pants! My favorite pair in high school looked something like this only cotton, so it’s nice to have a similar pair to wear again, and these are much more comfortable! πŸ™‚

  4. I too have wanted to make swants ever since seeing that video. :o) Still haven’t found a sacrificial sweater though. Seeing how yours turned out, I’ll have to remember to look at jackets/cardigans as an option to.

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