Boris sews a 'codpiece' in clothing factory cock-up

Boris Johnson tackled the machine at the East End Manufacturing Ltd. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The gaffe-prone Mayor of London Boris Johnson has fought a losing battle with a sewing machine at a clothing factory before declaring the finished garment a "codpiece".

The signs of struggle were quickly apparent. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Mayor was put to the test during a visit to the newly-established East End Manufacturing Ltd in the capital.

The Mayor recoils in frustration at his effort. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

But his attempt at sewing clearly got the better of the Conservative politician, despite close support from more experienced hands.

Pictures of Mr Johnson showed him exasperated at his effort with the luminous yellow cloth.

Mr Johnson gladly signed the botched effort. Credit: ITN

The Mayor dutifully signed the 'finished' garment, before quipping that it could be used as a codpiece, the traditional cover for a man's crotch favoured in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Mr Johnson has become famous for his ability to look daft during seemingly stock photo opportunities.

The Mayor joined factory staff with his finished "product". Credit: ITN

The image of him stuck high on a zip wire during last summer's London Olympics was played around the world.

He previously was photographed falling into a river while collecting rubbish.

The gaffes, though, have long been credited with earning him favourable press and public support rather than the ridicule most members of his profession have come to expect.

Watch: Video of the Mayor of London's losing battle with the sewing machine at ITV London.