1911 is not for everyone.
I like it a lot, but for some reason those pistols are functioning around me usually as the project-guns
They are quite easy to work with and the parts are everywhere.
If I may suggest something - go fairly inexpensive first.
If You won't like it, You won't loose too much money and if You will like it, You may learn the platform, work on it and don't be afraid to screw something up risking all the money that You invested in the gun.
Those 1911s are fun, but again...not for everyone.
First 1911 ideas: