I can't believe I did this.
"I thought" is the key point here! On Monday night I was winding down after a full evening stitching and I noticed that my pattern had some odd marks at the bottom. (I work off a copy, not off the original.) I pulled out the original pattern and to my great shock I found that when I copied it years ago I completely missed copying a section at the bottom of her dress! The copy I had was completely straight along the bottom, so it rather looked like the correct bottom of it, but of course it's not. Upon further examination I noticed that it only had nine squares running vertically in the bottom section, and not ten. Duh on my part!
I have about 2000 stitches left at the bottom of the pattern. (30 some stitches going down, but many more across!) I took this whole discovery very calmly, and was more in a state of disbelief. Yesterday my daughter and I went to the copy store and made a copy of the "correct" bottom part, and last night I began adding to the bottom of the dress so that it's the proper length.
I'll have to post a picture of this soon.
Maybe I need to bring back my rotation. I've been working on her solidly since Christmas, although I did go weeks and weeks here and there without any stitching in at all.
In an odd way I'm rather glad she's not done. I truly have enjoyed stitching her, and it's always a bit sad when these large pieces are finally finished. Perhaps that feeling is the most unbelievable part of all, really.