I purchased the matching fabric for the aprons and some crisp black taffeta for the waistband and ties in the back. I was very careful to line up the brocade so that on the bib of the apron it was centered and offset on the skirt. The ties in the back are oversized for a dramatic effect. (Can't believe I didn't take a photo of the back.) The bib also ties around the neck. Under the skirt is a pettiskirt of black tulle with a tulle ruffle on the lower edge for a special extra touch.
I am very happy with the finished product and thankfully my friend was also. I would love to hear your opinion. Now I can't wait to try some more elegant aprons!