So I made my uncle an apron for Christmas this year. I modeled it after a standard chef's apron, though I made it about an inch larger all the way around and used a heavy cotton canvas from Jo-Ann Fabric.
The khaki fabric looked a lot more utilitarian once I got it home, so I used white stitching for contrast to brighten it up.
I got three yards for the tie and I thought that was a little excessive, but it was just right for twice wrapping the tie around the waist. The men in my life are not small people!