the jordy bag had become a local favorite. too fun and quite an easy first project. very rewarding. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7866.0
as for clothes hmm. not as sure. reconstructing other things is fun and easy on the $$$
just go thrifty shopping and pick up random things you like and think would make cool other things or are in need of some customization.. check the reconstructed clothing posts. lots of cool ideas there.
also you could just head over to your local fabric store. and i know there are some patterns by simplicity (don't be offended by the next part) Sewing for Dummies. they are pretty basic patterns and will give good instructions at starting from the basics. also look for other ones that say easy. and go from there.
a pointer though. i made a bag from a pattern and it took forever and then i made a jordy and was more pleased because of the lack of silly patterns to follow and excited at how fast it all went together
so yeah i rambled too much.
hope i was at least of some help