Take a scrap of your fabric and, with or against the grain, grab it in two places so the amount between your fingers is the size of the gray portion. Stretch with your right hand until it resists. The line you get to is the amount of stretch that your fabric has. Remember not all fabric is 4 way stretch and the amount of stretch varies with and against the grain.
The ponte de roma pictured is from a previous Girl Charlee KnitFix. It is a poly lycra blend and as you can see it stretches to the 40% mark before it starts to really resist and distort. This means it has approximately 40% stretch. This fabric has 0 stretch in the other direction.
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