There's lots of reasons that skaters opt for ready-to-wear. It's easier to get your hands on, and there's not the same kind of time turn around. And it's probably a lot cheaper than getting a custom fit dress, right?
Well, actually, getting a custom skating dress is not much more expensive than most of the ready-to-wear you can get. And the time that it takes to make a custom dress does not necessarily have to be a barrier Lots of competitions got canceled this year, and even now places are not sure when or how they're going to safely open back up. So you've got the time to wait on the turnaround for something custom made.
You probably don't even realize how much better you'll feel skating in a dress that's made to fit. Every skater's body is unique, and even the size closest to your own isn't going to be quite right. If you go the size larger you get sagging fabric, or bunching, or gaps in places you do not want gaps. If you go too small, you may get pinching and the dress riding up in uncomfortable places- which is probably going to effect your skating, whether you realize it or not. Being comfortable in what you're wearing can make you that much more relaxed on the ice.
Also, judging for these competitions sometimes comes down to the tiniest of details. Even though it may be subconscious, a dress that doesn't fit as well as it could may count against you. It's really become the standard.
You'll be able to get exactly what you want, as another added bonus. No more compromising on style or color because they're out in your size. They'll make it in your size. So if you want to shift your aesthetic to something different, a little more adult, maybe, or a little more angelic, you know you'll be able to get what you need. You'll also be able to choose how sparkly you want your dress. It may seem simple, but whether or not you want beading or rhinestones on your dress can make a huge difference to how you're perceived. Again, this just offers you the ability to get what you want without having to compromise so much to availability and style.
Currently, a lot of retailers who specialize in skating competition outfits are also struggling. They lost a lot of money due to the cancellation of competitions and events, so many of them are trying to entice buyers with sales. So you'll be able to find them even more cheaply than you would otherwise. There's no better time than now to look for a ladies custom skating competition outfit.