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:
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…
After seeing how far the sleeves came up on my legs, I chopped them off (the sleeves, not my legs).
I then separated the back panel from the front panels…
I grabbed a pair of skinny jeans (that I refashioned back in August) to use as a guide, and cut out my pieces accordingly…
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!
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):
First I stitched the front pieces together and then the back pieces together…
Then I pinned the front and back together at the inseam…
After stitching the inseam together quickly with my machine, I then pinned and stitched the outer seams of both pant legs…
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…
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…
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.
After the choppage was complete, I pinned that new waistband onto my Swants like so…
Once it was pinned in place properly, I seam-ripped the tag off of there, and ran that puppy through my machine…
I love this waistband. It’s nice and snug (without being too tight), so I can bend and squat without gappage or worry.
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.
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?
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Have a lovely weekend!
41 thoughts on “49-Cent Friday Refashion: Lumberjack Swants (Sweater Pants)”
They turned out really cute! And they look comfy! Such Talent!
Thank you Matha!
They are very comfy. I can’t wait to make some more. 🙂
Thanks for your comment. Have a fantastic day! 🙂
Once again, you’ve brought a smile to my face, Jen! And I haven’t even had my coffee yet. The “swants” video is hilarious. And of course, you came up with your own version. This I must try. 🙂
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! 😉
You did a great job! This is the first pair of swants that I actually like.
Wow! Thanks Rhonda! What a compliment! 🙂
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. 😉
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
I’m definitely not a teenager either (although sometimes I still act like one!)
Have a great week! 🙂
LOVE IT! Awesome Job! I am so glad I found your blog, you have very original ideas!
Thank you so much Bea! I’m so glad you found my blog too! Thanks for your sweet comment!
Have a great day! 🙂
LOL, too cute. Very cozy.
Thanks! Have I inspired you to make a pair? I’d love to see what you come up with! 😀 Heehee.
So very, very cute!!!!
Thank you so much. I saw another post from a fashion blog today for a skirt that had the same exact print! I thought that was pretty cool. Have a great day!
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. 🙂
Ha! Yes, that might’ve been a bit painful otherwise! Heehee.
Thanks for your sweet comment, that totally made my day! 🙂
You’re the best!
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! 🙂
I love the idea of Swants but most of the ones I’ve seen are pretty ugly. I wanted to make some that I would actually wear out of the house. 😉
I think you certainly accomplished that! 🙂 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. 🙂
Great job Jen! You’re so creative!
aka The Hungry Octopus
Thanks Elizabeth! Right back at ya’! 😉
These look COMFY!!!!
Thanks Melody, they are! 🙂
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! 🙂
Awesome and very creative! I love it!
Thank you! 🙂
Lol, I’ve never heard of sweater pants before but I do love the way yours turned out! If I had more time (for some reason I’ve been lacking sewing time lately..:/) I would TOTALLY make and wear them!
Miche from Buttons and Birdcages
I hope you find some free time for sewing soon, because you are too talented, and I love seeing your creations! 🙂
These look so warm and cozy! And your writing always makes me smile 🙂
Thank you so much! What a sweet thing to say! 🙂
These are incredibly warm and cozy! I actually wore them today and felt like I had my pajamas on! 🙂
Have a great day!
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.
Thanks JJ. If/when you do make a pair, be sure and let me know, I’d love to see how they turn out!
Absolutely frealing brilliant result! Fabulous! 😀
Thank you so much! 🙂
Wow. I can’t believe you made pants out of a shirt. LOL. Amazing vision and sewing skills, girl!
Thanks Amy Jo! 🙂
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that is freakin’ cool! great job!
Thanks Mark! 🙂
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