The swatch still lied, but not as badly as I thought. It did shrink about 10% in length, from 30" inches to somewhere between 27-28". It shrank 1 inch in width. The final is 27 or 28" long (depending on where I measure) by 18.5" wide. The hat, on the other hand, shrank hardly at all - a quarter of an inch in width and not at all in length.
Odessa proceeds apace.
Isn't it pretty?
I'm at 4.5" inches - 1 inch to go before the decreases begin.