Yes, it is possible to smock a bishop in one evening, if you are only smocking the front of the bishop and and there are only 6 rows of smocking! I wanted something with hearts for Valentines Day and something a little different from the traditions bishop style. With a few alterations, pattern #135 worked just right.
I started by cutting out and pleating the front. It was then pinned and sized on my lace shaping board and tied off. The smocking was completed in less than 2 hours! For the sleeves and back, I eliminated some of the fullness by about 1" by folding the pattern pieces down the center before cutting out the fabric. Next the sleeves were attached to the back pieces and I stitched two rows of gathering rows at the top that were drawn up to fit the neck band when needed. The front was then stitched to the sleeves and the neck band stitched in place.
After smocking for 2 hours, my eyes no longer were focusing, so the sleeves were saved for another day.
Click here if you would like a free copy of the "Baby Hearts" smocking design. There is still plenty of time to do something special for Valentines Day.