Looking at my stash, I have a lot of brown fabrics and it might be interesting - and practical to make new garments from these so I end up with some complete outfits, if not quite a mini wardrobe.
I also want to participate in the BWOF January 08 sewalong on Pattern review which will take place in February. I've already made the wrap top 116 from this issue but I also like dresses 113 and 121 and blouses 120 and 125.
Lastly I was looking at the Nordstrom website today and found some gorgeous, inspirational things - this is my current favourite by Armani.
I've seen similar brocade fabric on sale here and I don't think it would be too hard to find a pattern that has a similar look to this kimono jacket style, even a wrap blouse would give a similar look.