What I really liked about these two fabrics together is that they have a matching sheen. The foundation skirt is a medium weight textured cotton with a great sheen to it, so I knew I needed something that would be comparable. The silk was a perfect match. The "foundation" skirt does a great job of adding some supporting structure for the apron/bustle to lay against! Nothing too fancy for the skirt and apron/bustle. I like the understated detail work, as the bodice is where all the detailing is focused!