Can anyone recommend a pattern for a dress with a bodice and a panelled skirt?
I don't know if panelled is the right word! I don't want a gathered or pleated skirt but one made of flat topped triangular pieces, with the wide part of the triangles at the hem, and the flat tops of the triangles making up the waist of the skirt, if that makes sense! Ideally, I'd like the skirt to have 3 front panels and 2 back panels.
I'd love to hear your recommendations, thank you!
I don't know of one off the top of my head, but it would probably be easiest to find a pattern with an A-line skirt that you like, then divide up the skirt pattern into as many triangular pieces as you want, add a seam allowance and call it a day. If you want an A-line pattern that's free, the coffee date dress from the Selfish Seamstress is always a good one: http://selfishseamstress.wordpress.com/downloads/
I think you are looking for a gored skirt. It seems like a 5 gore skirt: 3 in front, 2 in back.
Oddly, this style of dress skirt doesn't seem to be very common right now. In general it's great with slender silhouettes or moderate "A" lines since the hip darts can be blended into the seam lines for a smooth fit.
I found Vogue 8667 (http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8667-products-11347.php?page_id=857) with a princess seamed bodice and the gored skirt. The front seam lines have a pleat, so that's not a smooth front style. Vogue 8648 (http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8648-products-11100.php?page_id=857) has a straight skirt with gores, with a princess seamed bodice and midriff panel.
If you are willing, Butterick 3134 has a gored skirt pattern with side zip that could be adapted to fit a dress bodice.(http://butterick.mccall.com/b3134-products-143.php?page_id=367)
--good luck with the project, you might do better with vintage sewing patterns from the 60's and 70's!
Thank you so much for your suggestions, super useful! In the end, I went for Butterick B4443 and I'm going to franken pattern some long or three quarter sleeves in. If you're interested, you're very welcome to check my blog for updates!