I can now confidently say that there is not a soul in MN who owns any grey/gray/silver/pearl colored velvet or velveteen that does not have any stretch to it.
I found some perfect fabric at SR Harris (our own personal Mood here in MN) only to discover it had one way serious stretch. I tried to talk myself into stabilizing it, only to talk myself out of it when I visualized the comedy that punch needlework would be on it. Sigh.
Off to the Interwebz again. Hopefully tomorrow I should have a corset mock-up as well. I have found some reed for boning and am taking the plunge and ordering it. Wish me luck.