Do you want to learn from the comfort of your own home, at a pace that suits you? Do you have burning questions about sustainability and sewing that you want expert answers to? Do you feel inspired hearing from women about their careers and their creativity? Maybe you simply want to find a group of like-minded women where you can finally chat to someone about the best way to make beeswax wraps, swap sewing tips or discuss terms you feel confused about. Creative togetherness in an uncertain world.
If this is you, then our new membership, The Table, is the perfect fit.
We want to give you more: more community, more skills, more inspiration, and more of our time. Join our brand new membership to gain access to expert advice, meet a like-minded community, ask those burning questions, hear from inspiring makers and professionals, and get access to exclusive products. Add hours of teaching and you’ve got The Table: a one-of-a-kind platform.
Need more convincing? Your membership fee actively contributes to a better world through 1% For The Planet, plus all our video content will be captioned to promote inclusive learning. A place for all of us.
As a Founding Member you get early bird access to the membership for a lower price. You will be the first. Trailblazers! There is no catch – it’s a chance for us to get to know our very first members, collect feedback and have conversations. Your fee will remain the same for as long as you remain a member. The Table will operate as a closed membership and the doors will reopen to join later in the year, with the regular price. Join now to be there from the start, and we can grow together!
Every month, The Table members will receive content to spark creativity, learn from experts, increase sewing skills and join a global community of like-minded makers. Your membership fee contributes to a better world for all: we are a business member of 1% For The Planet, actively contributing part of our income to environmental causes. Your membership in a nutshell:
Founders Caroline and Alexandra are the owners of Selkie Patterns, a startup selling dressmaking patterns, sustainable lifestyle patterns, e-books and textiles. Proudly plastic-free and awarded the Eco-Age Brandmark in only their first year of trading. They are also the authors of bestselling book The Great British Sewing Bee: Sustainable Style, establishing themselves as experts in their field. Sharing a costume background, Alexandra is a designer with experience in design for theatre, working backstage in some of the world’s nest known musical theatre shows, and working with styling and customer experience for high end retail brands. Caroline worked freelance as a costume maker for shows such as Hamilton, the London Olympics, well-loved ballet shows and BAFTA-winning film The Favourite. Alexandra teaches kids’ sewing classes in London and Caroline teaches costume at University of the Arts London. Together they have over twenty years of professional design and sewing experience.
We are launching with a group of Founding Members: you will be our core group of members and the price you join at will remain the same for as long as you’re with us. After the launch we close the membership doors so our team and the Founding Members can get to know each other and iron out any technical bumps. When we open the membership again, the price will be the regular price. There is no catch to being a Founding Member – you are simply the first and there will be fewer of you, meaning more personal time and more opportunity for feedback and input.
It means you can’t join the membership at just any point throughout the year; only when we open the doors. This is so that we can make sure we can accommodate everyone in terms of our team and also the technical side of running the membership. If we need to upgrade or expand any of our digital facilities, we can do so when the doors are closed so you won’t experience any difficulties when you join. It ensures we can offer quality content and really deliver what we offer.
You sign up to be a member or sign up to the waiting list. When your membership starts you pay a monthly fee in return for monthly updated content in mostly video format. You will always have access to the content so you can go at your own pace.
No, we don’t currently offer a free trial.
In the future that’s the plan, but not at the moment.
In order for us to create high quality content that is of value to you, we need to remain a financially viable business. The content takes time and money to prepare, film, edit and produce and running a members’ area takes a big time commitment ‘backstage’. You will get new content every month, presented by experts, which we think is worth the money.
You will need Facebook to join our community forum, yes! If you are not bothered by joining the community (although we think you should!) then you won’t need Facebook.
The name refers to the space used for sewing, pattern drafting, crafting, creating. And we wanted something that would symbolise a level playing field for everyone involved: all seats at a table are equal.
There will be no homework and the only computer skills you need is to press play!
The Table is run by the same founders as Selkie Patterns, operates under the same business and with the same values.
If you are a woman, or you make garments with a bust-waist-hip, the membership will be perfect for you!
The content of the membership is created by two women who specialise in pattern cutting and design for womenswear. The pattern masterclasses focus on pattern cutting, hacking and fitting of garments that are cut with a bust-waist-hip. If this describes your body, then the content will suit you. Our other content is formed by interviews with professional creative women, tutorials, and exclusive products that are suitable for anyone who is interested in that.
We commit to delivering quality and support for you as a member, and as such, we cannot commit to teaching menswear as that is not our expertise as owners of the platform. That’s the reason we do not market our platform towards men or people who make garments with chest-waist-hip, as we couldn’t deliver the quality support we’ve committed to.
There is content to enjoy if you can’t sew, like interviews and non-sewing tutorials, but the majority of the tutorials and masterclasses are sewing orientated.
The Masterclasses and Tutorials have a difficulty rating of 1-4, which is displayed before you start watching, so you can choose what’s right for you.
You can cancel straight away! Payment is taken as soon as you complete registration and then at the beginning of each new month.
To be confirmed.
We will offer a few spots at a lower price during our second launch. You will be able to send us an email then, telling us why you think you would benefit from this initiative. We don’t want financial situations to stop potential members from joining, as we all have something different to contribute regardless of our finances, and at the same time we need to be able to operate our business.
Each month we upload new content to the platform: a Masterclass, a Tutorial, we host a Q&A in the community forum with any questions or dilemmas you have sent us throughout that month, and the fourth piece of content changes: interviews with inspiring creative women, exclusive products like a print, a discount to an event or other independent business or a making-of video.
Yes! And then you can watch it whenever you like.
Yes! Once any content is uploaded to the platform, it will stay there and you can access it whenever you like.
It’s an organisation where businesses and individuals can become members to give to environmental non-profits. Businesses give 1% of their profits to a non-profit partner of their choice. 1% For The Planet facilitates this but the giving is directly between the business and the non-profit. 1% of your membership fee with The Table will be given to environmental causes in this way.
You have decided to join us, welcome! Here is what happens next:
You pay online, then complete your member’s account on the website with a username and password.
You will receive a confirmation email from The Table mailing list, asking you to opt in to the mailing list, and then you receive a welcome message from us to get you started. If you paid using PayPal, you receive a payment receipt too.
Log in to The Table and check out your Account page if you want to change your details.
Your welcome message contains an invitation to our private forum, a community platform where you can introduce yourself to other members. Go say hi!
You’re in! Explore the different content we have on offer on the website and familiarise yourself with the platform.
Any questions? You can easily reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org