|Click to see it really up close!|
It has no crosswise stretch whatsoever, but it does have a (very) little lengthwise, so that's why it's hanging (on an ironing board, with a meter stick for scale) with the selvedge running horizontally. That said, the stretch is so small that it probably makes no difference - the fabric would probably work just as well with the diamonds oriented the other way.
Next month I'll want to make a jacket out of it. It'll be one of my wardrobe's anchor pieces next year, and it'll see lots of wear. How about YOU point me to a pattern you'd find suitable for this cloth, and tell me what technical challenges I'd have to overcome. Yeah, help me out. Please. I have a terrifically tough time making decisions. And the blogosphere is so full of wonderfully creative fabric artists - yes, you! So have a little fun: you get play with outré ideas, I get to do all the work :)
Here's another shot to help you visualize it in the "correct" direction.
Go for it!
ETA: After laundering, I have exactly 2 yards of this fabric, and it's 59" across.
(and thank you for your intriguing suggestions so far!)