The first picture shows the smocking completed and pinned to my lace shaping board. I then took my two pieces of piping which are cut the length of the insert guide and matched the center of the insert and the piping. After I am satisfied that I have evenly distributed the pleats, the piping is then pinned to the insert. I then stitch the piping to the insert using a stitch length of about 3.0 or 3.5, being cautious not to let the pleats shift as I stitch.This picture shows the top of the insert pinned to bottom of the top yoke with right sides together. I carefully matched the centers and then used my ruler to make sure that I will end up with a 5/8" seam allowance. *Although the fabric is white pique' I had no trouble seeing and feeling the piping through the fabric.
Last but not least, I used my cording foot to sew as close to the piping as possible. If you do not have a cording foot, a zipper foot works well.
*Do you know what the hardest part about doing a tutorial blog is? Remembering to take the pictures as I go! I have to set the camera on the tripod so that it is in my way to remind me that there is a bigger mission going on here. :)