Rather smock than construct the garment? Are you limited for time or don't have a pleater? How about a Ready-to-Smock? That is what I am using in a couple of my classes for Martha Pullen's School of Art and Fashion in February. They come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors, and can be ordered from Sew Beautiful.
We will be using this "Little Memories" design for the "Advanced Picture Smocking Class." What a wonderful opportunity to really learn to read the graph and make color changes!