Now this is not a craft you decide to do an a whim, this baby will take time. But the beauty of it will be a wonderful reward.
Marie Grace Design is where I found the prefect smocking tutorial. She is mostly a knitter but all the work she does is lovely. When I find a moment in my life to learn to knit I am turning to her. But for now I turn to her for smocking. Here is a lovely dress she smocked.
So smocking takes time and practice. So please start on a practice piece before you ever start your real project. I must admit I don't have pictures of my first practice piece because it was scary and I threw it away to hide evidence. But my second practice piece turned out super cute.
Anyways here is part one of the smocking tutorial.
And here is part two.
Some tips I discovered:
Practice your embroidery on small piece of smocking (like your practice one you did). Embroidery is much harder on pleated material than it is on flat material.
Do not use the shiny/silky embroidery floss, it will knot and unravel and make your life very stressful.
Have patience with yourself and remember practice makes perfect.