When Julie was a young girl, she took a sewing class in school. She made a two-piece ensemble - a peasant blouse and tiered skirt, inspired by "Little House on the Prairie". This began a life-long passion and pursuit of excellence in the fine art of dressmaking, tailoring, sewing, and embroidery.
In 2007, with two small children at home, Fairbanks Fancy Goods (FFG) was born in the dining room of the suburban Boston home she shares with her family.
Since then, the business has grown along with the interest in her work. In 2017, the FFG atelier moved to its current location in the heart of Natick's Cultural Center. Along with her many local clients, Julie has worked on projects in Kentucky, Florida, Illinois, Georgia, and Utah. Most notably collaborating with nationally-known author, artist, and fabric designer Sarah Jane Wright on children's clothes and hand embroidery.
Julie has over 30 years experience creating and sewing. Fortunate to be trained in skills and techniques handed down by the best, her custom creations and alterations reflect these traditions: carefully constructed items that honor the textiles and the people who chose them. From a simple hem to a banquet cushion to a wedding gown, Julie's clients all benefit from her quality work, creativity, and meticulous attention to detail.