I've been terrified by one of my patterns that I've also been dying to make, Simplicity 2444. I haven't been sewing that long, about a year, and I only made my first dress about a month ago, but I've had the pattern for A WHILE now, back to when I used my archaic New Home/Janome machine. Did you know that only one place in the entire US carries parts for this type of machine, and it's in California? Yeah, me neither until it broke. Which is ok because it weighed about 25 lbs and didn't even have a reverse setting.
Anyway, one of the reasons I was so scared of the pattern was the presence of darting in the bodice, but I shouldn't have been. I also am so relieved I chose to do a muslin of this dress! I killed two birds with one stone (not that I would, I love birds) by getting a jump start on the apron I've been wanting to make and discovering that the pattern I was using would be a little too snug for me.
Fairly well made darts, not bad for the first time.
So that's it! Next time, I'll try not to be so afraid of trying a new trick! It's only sewing, after all.