Kaba Ngondo my Way
This dress is actually from a year ago. Shame on me.
The kaba ngondo is the Cameroonian version of the is called a “muumuu” in the English-speaking western countries. Modern versions of the kaba are less loose and shorter than their traditional forerunners. For my version, I decided to use McCall’s 6553.
The fabric is a Cameroonian cloth. This particular motif is a classical that’s been on the market for decades. It even has a name: “n’gana”, which I unfortunately don’t know the meaning of. I wish I could say something about the symbolics of the pattern but I can’t. My mom gave it to me a couple of years back because she knows I’ve always been drawn to it and I finally got the courage to cut into it. I had to cut it cross-grain because the cloth is only 1.2m wide but since cloths are always 5 yards long, it was no major issue.
I skipped the belt. I don’t plan on ever wearing this with anything else than a store-bought belt.
Thanks to previous reviews, I cut the pattern based on my high bust measurement and did not make a FBA. That’s two sizes smaller than I would have if based on my full bust measurement. And the fit is spot on. That’s how much ease is in this pattern.
I really love the high-low hem. I had to make a rolled hem instead of the foreseen 3.2 cm- (1.5 in-)hem. So check the length if you’re planning on making this.
I also love the back, which I conveniently forgot to shoot a picture of (doh!). It reminds me of a Watteau pleat. I used a corded elastic for the back button loop instead of handmade french tacks. I’m lazy like that.